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Uncle Tom

 (tŏm)
n.
A black person who is regarded as being subservient or excessively deferential to white people.

[After Uncle Tom, , a character in Uncle Tom's Cabin, a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe.]

Uncle Tom′ism n.

Uncle Tom

n
informal derogatory a Black person whose behaviour towards White people is regarded as obsequious and servile
[C20: after the slave who is the main character of H.B. Stowe's novel Uncle Tom's Cabin (1852)]
Uncle Tomism n

Un′cle Tom′


n.
usage: This term is used with disparaging intent and is perceived as highly insulting. Though usually used of a black person, it occasionally refers to a person of any race who exhibits overly deferential behavior, esp. a female.
n.
Extremely Disparaging and Offensive. (a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person who is regarded as being abjectly servile or deferential to whites.)
[1920–25, Amer.; so called after the leading character in H. B. Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin]
Un′cle Tom′ism, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Uncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to WhitesUncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
Black person, blackamoor, Negro, Negroid, Black - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
2.Uncle Tom - a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher StoweUncle Tom - a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe
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What we call Uncle Tomism today was nothing but finesse and tact then.
If wanting to spare children, save lives, bring peace is Uncle Tomism, then I wanted to be a Super Uncle Tom.
Franks's foot-shuffling, head-scratching, Amos-and-Andy brand of Uncle Tomism came to an end when the few minority voters in his district joined with an overwhelming number of white voters, finally tired of his racist assaults on black people, to defeat his bid for reelection.