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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.
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
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.—n.
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.
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|Noun||1.||Uncle Tom - (ethnic slur) offensive and derogatory name for a Black man who is abjectly servile and deferential to Whites|
depreciation - a communication that belittles somebody or something
ethnic slur - a slur on someone's race or language
|2.||Uncle Tom - a servile black character in a novel by Harriet Beecher Stowe|