a member of a faction of southern Democrats stressing states' rights and opposed to the civil-rights programs of the Democratic Party, especially a southern Democrat who bolted the party in 1948 and voted for the candidates of the States' Rights Democratic Party.

Origin of Dixiecrat

An Americanism dating back to 1945–50; Dixie + (Demo)crat
Related formsDix·ie·crat·ic, adjective
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Contemporary Examples of dixiecrat

  • And Griffith represents a GOP pickup in especially hostile territory; a Republican has never held his Dixiecrat seat before.

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    A Chilly Republican Welcome

    Benjamin Sarlin

    December 22, 2009

  • Essentially the anti-immigrant movement, the Patriot movement, and old-fashioned Dixiecrat racism are all merging.

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    Why the White Militias Are Back

    Michelle Goldberg

    August 13, 2009

Word Origin and History for dixiecrat



in U.S. politics, 1948, from Dixie + ending from Democrat.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper