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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 ?
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.
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.
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.
In 1504, two blackamoor girls arrived and were educated at the court where they waited on the Queen.
The idea of support is even more evident in the work titled Contemporary Blackamoor Candelabrum (2002 - 2005).
He reports the speech given by a then-current US senator who proclaimed that lynching reflects "a divine right of the Caucasian race to dispose of the offending blackamoor without the benefit of a jury.
When Lucius agrees to take on the care of the bastard blackamoor baby (albeit grudgingly), he also assumes a kind of surrogate role as the baby's parent, but it is not at all clear that Lucius will keep this promise.
Yoon's publications include "Myth(s) of Creation: Pushkin's Blackamoor of Peter the Great," Russian Literature (2013) and "Transformation of a Ukranian Cossack into a Russian Warrior: Gogol's 1842 Taras Bulba," Slavic and East European Journal (2005).
I have many items that I treasure; however, one would be a carved, hand-painted Italian Blackamoor that stands about four feet tall.
This progression charts Olivier's interpretation precisely, as his Othello moves from physically contained gentleman in gorgeous robes and wearing a cross, to a blackamoor in an open robe with slave shackles on his ankles who tears off that cross and all the civilization that went with it, to fall to his knees in prayer like the Muslim he is and abandon himself to murderous jealousy and violence via increasingly wild gestures and passionate vowels.
Had Malvolio been a Jew or a blackamoor, the obloquy visited on Antonio et al would have fallen on Sir Toby and his crew ("cruel racists"); and had Shylock been only an old miser, of uncertain provenance, his comeuppance would have been as generally welcome as Malvolio's.