lily-white

[ adjective lil-ee-hwahyt, -wahyt; noun lil-ee-hwahyt, -wahyt ]
/ adjective ˈlɪl iˈʰwaɪt, -ˈwaɪt; noun ˈlɪl iˌʰwaɪt, -ˌwaɪt /

adjective

white as a lily: soft lily-white skin.
pure; untouched by corruption or imperfection; above reproach: He tries to pass himself off as some sort of lily-white saint, but he's not.
designating or pertaining to any faction, organization, or group opposing the inclusion of blacks, especially in political or social life.

noun

a member of a lily-white organization, especially a member of a former faction of the Republican Party in the South opposed to the inclusion of blacks in the party or in political life in general.

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Origin of lily-white

1275–1325; Middle English lylie-whyt
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British Dictionary definitions for lily-white

lily-white

adjective

of a pure whitelily-white skin
informal pure; irreproachable
US informal
  1. discriminating against Black peoplea lily-white club
  2. racially segregated
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