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n. Offensive
A dark-skinned person, especially one from northern Africa.

[black + -a-, of unknown origin + Moor.]


(ˈblækəˌmʊə; -ˌmɔː)
archaic a Black African or other person with dark skin
[C16: see Black, Moor]


(ˈblæk əˌmʊər)

n. Archaic.
a person with very dark skin.
[1540–50; unexplained variant of phrase black Moor]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.blackamoor - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)blackamoor - a person with dark skin who comes from Africa (or whose ancestors came from Africa)
individual, mortal, person, somebody, someone, soul - a human being; "there was too much for one person to do"
Africa - the second largest continent; located to the south of Europe and bordered to the west by the South Atlantic and to the east by the Indian Ocean
person of color, person of colour - (formal) any non-European non-white person
Negress - a Black woman or girl
Black race, Negro race, Negroid race - a dark-skinned race
Black man - a man who is Black
Black woman - a woman who is Black
colored, colored person - a United States term for Blacks that is now considered offensive
darkey, darkie, darky - (ethnic slur) offensive term for Black people
jigaboo, nigga, nigger, nigra, coon, spade - (ethnic slur) extremely offensive name for a Black person; "only a Black can call another Black a nigga"
Tom, Uncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites
picaninny, piccaninny, pickaninny - (ethnic slur) offensive term for a Black child
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
archaicism, archaism - the use of an archaic expression


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References in classic literature ?
He looks down upon us country people as so many blackamoors.
It’s so best,” said the hunter; “they thought they had to journey different ways, children: though there is One greater than all, who’ll bring the just together, at His own time, and who’ll whiten the skin of a blackamoor, and place him on a footing with princes.
I am such a blackamoor that I cannot smirch myself.
I've never met with nothing but beer ath'll ever clean a comic blackamoor.
Steuben's blackamoor informed him, in the communicative manner of his race, that the ladies had gone out to pay some visits and look at the Capitol.
In the middle of lunch, I was on the left of her I think, and the Queen was in Africa at the time, and the Queen Mother leant over to me and said, 'Beware the blackamoors.
Supposedly, gargoyle-masked blackamoors, who'd served up wax smiles at our European waltzes and quadrilles, had used our parties to purloin the guns they'd now use to shoot out our brains and bellies.
The part of colonialism and the coffee business will be played by two blackamoors.
Nonetheless, a couple of dramaturgic moves in the play reveal some degree of resistance to the idea that Rome--and, by extension, London--could be rid of their Blackamoors.
24) In an attempt to calm civil unrest, on July 11, 1596 Queen Elizabeth sent an open letter proclaiming that there were too many blackamoors in England.
Alfred Leslie created a beautiful rococo decor and a stage that was a turntable; and he had two beautiful blackamoors pulling on ropes and changing the sets and so on--every avant garde device you could think of, and these poor darling blacks just didn't know where they were with Lorca .
Elsewhere, for textual consistency with Orlando, I preserve Woolf's usage of the following antiquated racist terms: Blackamoors, Turks, Gipsies, Muscovitcs, and Pygmies, but do not condone or otherwise sanction their pejorative use.