half-breed


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half-breed

(hăf′brēd′, häf′-) Offensive
n.
A person of mixed racial descent, especially a person of Native American and white parentage.
adj.
Of mixed racial descent.

half-breed

n
(Genetics) offensive a person whose parents are of different races, esp the offspring of a White person and an American Indian
adj
(Genetics) of, relating to, or designating offspring of people or animals of different races or breeds

half′-breed`


n., adj.
usage: This term is usually used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting, implying that a person of mixed race is somehow different or inferior. However, half-breed is also used as a neutral descriptive term.
Usually Disparaging and Offensive. n.
1. (a term used to refer to the offspring of parents of different races, esp. the offspring of an American Indian and a white person of European descent.)
adj.
2. of or pertaining to such offspring.
[1750–60, Amer.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.half-breed - an offensive term for an offspring of parents of different races (especially of Caucasian and American Indian ancestry)
derogation, disparagement, depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
half-caste - an offensive term for the offspring of parents of different races or cultures
Adj.1.half-breed - (of animals) having only one purebred parent
animal, animate being, beast, creature, fauna, brute - a living organism characterized by voluntary movement
crossbred - bred from parents of different varieties or species
Translations

half-breed

[ˈhɑːfbriːd] N (= animal) → híbrido m; (= person) (pej) → mestizo/a m/f

half-breed

[ˈhɑːfˌbriːd] nmezzosangue m
References in classic literature ?
All at once the doctor flung himself free, seized the heavy headboard of Williams' grave and felled Potter to the earth with it -- and in the same instant the half-breed saw his chance and drove the knife to the hilt in the young man's breast.
It was a matter of general joy, therefore, when he made his appearance, conducted by two half-breed Iroquois hunters.
One of the trappers of Sublette's brigade, a half-breed named Antoine Godin, now mounted his horse, and rode forth as if to hold a conference.
The first picture is a full length of Aurelia Koslow, a German fraulein, or rather a half-breed between German and Russian.
He then formally declared war against Pedro Lopez, the leader of the slave-drivers, enrolled a band of runaway slaves in his service, armed them, and conducted a campaign, which ended by his killing with his own hands the notorious half-breed and breaking down the system which he represented.
It was at Para also that we engaged Gomez and Manuel, two half-breeds from up the river, just come down with a cargo of redwood.
When he went on next day with his half-breed companion, he said 'Good-bye,' taking off his hat quite in the old style.
Perrault was a French-Canadian, and swarthy; but Francois was a French-Canadian half-breed, and twice as swarthy.
While the chiefs thus revelled in hall, and made the rafters resound with bursts of loyalty and old Scottish songs, chanted in voices cracked and sharpened by the northern blast, their merriment was echoed and prolonged by a mongrel legion of retainers, Canadian voyageurs, half-breeds, Indian hunters, and vagabond hangers-on who feasted sumptuously without on the crumbs that fell from their table, and made the welkin ring with old French ditties, mingled with Indian yelps and yellings.
In which Voodoo,'" repeated the reader, almost with relish, "`is widely organized outside Jamaica itself is in the form known as the Monkey, or the God of the Gongs, which is powerful in many parts of the two American continents, especially among half-breeds, many of whom look exactly like white men.
Far below, this deep chanting struck on the ears of a little camp of Christianised half-breeds who were lumbering.
There were Slavonian hunters, fair-skinned and mighty-muscled; short, squat Finns, with flat noses and round faces; Siberian half-breeds, whose noses were more like eagle- beaks; and lean, slant-eyed men, who bore in their veins the Mongol and Tartar blood as well as the blood of the Slav.