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master race

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noun
  1. a people or nation, as the Germans during the Nazi period, whose members consider themselves genetically superior to all others and therefore justified in conquering and ruling them.
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Origin of master race

First recorded in 1925–30
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  • In one part lived the master-race of the Chou with the imperial court, in the other the subjugated population.

    A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]

    Wolfram Eberhard


British Dictionary definitions for master race

master race

noun
  1. a race, nation, or group, such as the Germans or Nazis as viewed by Hitler, believed to be superior to other racesGerman name: Herrenvolk
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master race in Culture

master race

The expression used by the Nazis in Germany for the race they wanted to create — a pure race of white people suited to rule the world. Extermination was the Nazis' main tool for making the Germans pure. (See Holocaust.)

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