[ rey-sist ]
/ ˈreɪ sɪst /


a person who believes in racism, the doctrine that one's own racial group is superior or that a particular racial group is inferior to the others.


of or like racists or racism: racist policies; racist attitudes.

Nearby words

  1. racing car,
  2. racing flag,
  3. racing form,
  4. racing skate,
  5. racism,
  6. rack,
  7. rack and pinion,
  8. rack and ruin, go to,
  9. rack car,
  10. rack locomotive

Origin of racist

race2 (n.) + -ist

Related formsan·ti·ra·cist, noun, adjective

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Word Origin and History for racist


1932 as a noun, 1938 as an adjective, from race (n.2); racism is first attested 1936 (from French racisme, 1935), originally in the context of Nazi theories. But they replaced earlier words, racialism (1871) and racialist (1917), both often used early 20c. in a British or South African context. In the U.S., race hatred, race prejudice had been used, and, especially in 19c. political contexts, negrophobia.

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