peculiar institution


noun

black slavery in the southern U.S. before the Civil War.

Nearby words

  1. pectus excavatum,
  2. pectus recurvatum,
  3. peculate,
  4. peculation,
  5. peculiar,
  6. peculiar people,
  7. peculiarity,
  8. peculiarize,
  9. peculium,
  10. pecuniary

Origin of peculiar institution

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45

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