lily-white


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lil·y-white

(lĭl′ē-wīt′, -hwīt′)
adj.
1. White as a lily.
2. Beyond reproach; blameless: a man with a lily-white record.
3. Informal Consisting of white people only or excluding nonwhite people.

lily-white

adj
1. (Colours) of a pure white: lily-white skin.
2. informal pure; irreproachable
3. informal
a. discriminating against Black people: a lily-white club.
b. racially segregated

lil′y-white′



adj.
1. white as a lily.
2. pure; untouched by corruption or imperfection.
3. designating or pertaining to any faction or group opposing the inclusion of blacks in political or social life.
[1275–1325]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.lily-white - restricted to whites only; "under segregation there were even white restrooms and white drinking fountains"; "a lily-white movement which would expel Negroes from the organization"
segregated, unintegrated - separated or isolated from others or a main group; "a segregated school system"; "a segregated neighborhood"
2.lily-white - of a pure white color
achromatic, neutral - having no hue; "neutral colors like black or white"

lily-white

adjective
1. pure white, white, milk-white, white as snow Blood stained his lily-white shirt.
2. (Informal) innocent, pure, impeccable, virtuous, spotless, squeaky-clean, untainted, unsullied, untarnished, irreproachable their lily-white business ethics

lily-white

adjective
Translations

lily-white

[ˈlɪlɪwaɪt] ADJblanco como la azucena
References in classic literature ?
You know there is one line in my recitation, 'She waved her lily-white hand,' and I have to wave mine when I say it.
Nay, pale youth, so lily-white,' I chortled, waving the copy paper; 'not the bounce, but a detail.
And to say the truth, there is, in all points, great difference between the reasonable passion which women at this age conceive towards men, and the idle and childish liking of a girl to a boy, which is often fixed on the outside only, and on things of little value and no duration; as on cherry-cheeks, small, lily-white hands, sloe-black eyes, flowing locks, downy chins, dapper shapes; nay, sometimes on charms more worthless than these, and less the party's own; such are the outward ornaments of the person, for which men are beholden to the taylor, the laceman, the periwig-maker, the hatter, and the milliner, and not to nature.
It was little Jammes--the girl with the tip-tilted nose, the forget-me-not eyes, the rose-red cheeks and the lily-white neck and shoulders--who gave the explanation in a trembling voice:
It was an excellent divine gift, that gave a deeper pathos to the need, the sin, the sorrow with which it was mingled, as the canker in a lily-white bud is more grievous to behold than in a common pot-herb.
Once the temperature tops 76, we are gripped with exposing parts of our lily-white flesh that seldom see the light of day.
Miranda's distinctive hand in conceiving a Broadway production about a lily-white founding father as a hip-hop musical with a minority cast was nothing less than utter brilliance.
We do appreciate his reminder: Yes, we journalists are not all lily-white, in fact none of us are; although we would not go so far as to consider our work in the same line as that of publicists'.
I'm comfortable in my lily-white, wobbly skin and though I might not have travelled to the ends of the earth and back, two weeks in Majorca with the hubby and the kids was just as fun.
Such a Presteigne stalwart, John McCabe contributed the lilting medievalism of his Lily-White Rose, direct in its simplicity, the setting absolutely "right".
SHE lived in a house in the station yard Where trains puffed by with a squeal and a toot And belched back smoke over lily-white sheets, Washed only that day, now covered in soot.
We all went into bloke mode, and the sight before us is far easier on the eye than Ferris's lily-white a***.