adjective Also Cau·cas·ic [kaw-kas-ik, -kaz-]. /kɔˈkæs ɪk, -ˈkæz-/.
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Origin of Caucasian
historical usage of Caucasian
When anthropologists first started studying race, white supremacy was popularly accepted. Blumenbach was, at least, a bit more progressive than his contemporaries, in that he believed that all human beings belonged to the same species, even if he considered the Caucasian race—his own race—to be the original type and the “most handsome and becoming” of all five races ( Caucasian, Mongolian, Ethiopian, Malayan, and American ) in his now outdated classification.
The language of race is undeniably a sensitive issue. Words that were once perfectly acceptable become dated and offensive. In his book The Rise and Fall of the Caucasian Race, Bruce David Baum notes: “[T]he notion of a Caucasian race has gone in and out of vogue…in popular usage since it was invented in the late eighteenth century.” In a 2008 speech Hillary Clinton used the term “Caucasian”; however, the writers of the 2010 U.S. Census form opted to use the term “White” over “Caucasian” in the question about race. For most Americans, the terms are interchangeable.
popular references for Caucasian
— The Caucasian Chalk Circle: A 1944 modernist play by German playwright Bertolt Brecht.
— Caucasian Review of International Affairs: An academic journal dealing with the Caucasus region, published quarterly.
—Caucasian Ovcharka: A breed of dogs, also called the Caucasian Shepherd.
OTHER WORDS FROM Caucasiannon-Cau·ca·sian, adjective, noun
Quotations related to Caucasian
- "[T]he status of Caucasian…as a scientifically credible racial category…is arguably no better than that of an Aryan race. "-Bruce David Baum The rise and fall of the Caucasian race: a political history of racial identity (2006)
- "Eighteen million of you, from all walks of life—women and men, young and old, Latino and Asian, African-American and Caucasian, rich, poor, and middle-class, gay and straight, you have stood with me. "-Hillary Clinton, in a speech announcing suspension of presidential campaign and Obama support American Rhetoric (delivered June 7, 2008)
- "The Caucasian mountains have not as yet attracted the attention of geologists in a degree corresponding to their real importance in the history of the formation of the earth's crust. "-V. Dingelstedt The Igneous Rocks of the Caucasus Scottish Geographical Magazine, Volume 12 (1896)
Words nearby Caucasian
Example sentences from the Web for Caucasian
People of Caucasian descent constitute less than 15 percent of the world’s population, yet they make up 78 percent of human subjects in genome research.
When the client request for a private school advertisement hit her desk, Le’Shae Robinson thought, Here comes another Caucasian-only order.Will 2020’s racial reckoning lead to progress on marketing’s long-standing representation problems?|Brooke Henderson|October 6, 2020|Fortune
Still, the exposed skin on my face and hands felt drawn and hot, stinging, a fire of whiteness, a burning Caucasian husk.The Cost: What Stop and Frisk Does to a Young Man’s Soul|Rilla Askew|May 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
For the Caucasian minority in prison, white supremacy is still the sub-culture of choice.A Jewish Ex-Con Recalls Keeping Kosher with the Faithful in Prison|Daniel Genis|May 11, 2014|DAILY BEAST
According to Variety, casting was delayed by the question of whether or not Episode VII would have a Caucasian lead.John Boyega, the Hero of ‘Star Wars: Episode VII,’ Has the Force|Amy Zimmerman|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Some anthropologists thought he looked like a Caucasian actor from Star Trek.Incontrovertible Evidence Proves the First Americans Came From Asia|Doug Peacock|March 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Here we have a country—Russia—where hunting for gays and for northern Caucasian facial features is becoming a national sport.Bernard-Henri Levy: Ukraine’s Revolutionaries Are Not Fascists|Bernard-Henri Lévy|February 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A very good quality of tobacco is grown in the trans-Caucasian provinces; it also flourishes well in the Southern provinces.
First, the Egyptians must be named, Caucasian races not autochthonically at home in Libya.The Art of Drinking|Georg Gottfried Gervinus
Second, his prognathism, or projection of the jaws—his index of facial angle being about 70, as compared with the Caucasian 82.Man And His Ancestor|Charles Morris
The Tartars belong more especially to two distinct races, the Caucasian and the Mongolian.Michael Strogoff|Jules Verne
In his hospitality the Caucasian vies with the Arab of the desert.Life of Schamyl|John Milton Mackie