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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 ?
A handful of villainous half-breeds dominated the country, armed such Indians as would support them, and turned the rest into slaves, terrorizing them with the most inhuman tortures in order to force them to gather the india-rubber, which was then floated down the river to Para.
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.
Here the two rival companies had their encampments, with their retainers of all kinds: traders, trappers, hunters, and half-breeds, assembled from all quarters, awaiting their yearly supplies, and their orders to start off in new directions.
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 trappers now sallied forth and approached the swamp, firing into the thickets at random; the Blackfeet had a better sight at their adversaries, who were in the open field, and a half-breed was wounded in the shoulder.
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.
This, you see, Cousin Bess, is the natural reluctance of a half-breed to leave the savage state.
But when did you ever know a half-breed, ‘Duke, who could bear civilization?
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.
That was fair of Francois, he decided, and the half-breed began his rise in Buck's estimation.