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Uncle Tom

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

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′

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.
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
References in classic literature ?
The cabin of Uncle Tom was a small log building, close adjoining to "the house," as the negro par excellence designates his master's dwelling.
Not that way, Uncle Tom,--not that way," said he, briskly, as Uncle Tom laboriously brought up the tail of his g the wrong side out; "that makes a q, you see.
said Uncle Tom, looking with a respectful, admiring air, as his young teacher flourishingly scrawled q's and g's innumerable for his edification; and then, taking the pencil in his big, heavy fingers, he patiently recommenced.
said Uncle Tom, "they are so full of tickle all the while, they can't behave theirselves.
Uncle Tom Sinnings is building a new barn on his place on the Valley Road.
If we do so, you just say to us, as old Chloe did in UNCLE TOM, `Tink ob yer marcies, chillen
Stowe, Harriet Beecher (1852), Preface to the European Edition of Uncle Toms Cabin, Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, reprinted in Christopher G.
That's what Philadelphia's EgoPo Classic Theater artistic director Lane Savadove is realizing as he works on the company's forthcoming production of Uncle Toms Cabin: An Unfortunate History, due on stage May 29--June 9.
While Garston girls Doreen Gregg and Marjorie Salkin of Bowden Road took their brand of Liverpool-style celebrations to Blackpool where they joined in the fun Uncle Toms Cabin.
Baldwin instead implores whites to consider the lives of Aunt Jemimas and Uncle Toms, these "prodigies of resilience," and to respectfully "ask [from] whence they sprang, how they lived?
Log Cabin Republicans are simply the Uncle Toms of heterosexual conservative Republicans.
Stage versions of the novel were a success in London, she explains, with many parts rewritten: "The diversity and class fragmentation of British theatre was thus reflected in London Uncle Toms, as it was in British theatrical conventions.