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black·a·moor

 (blăk′ə-mo͝or′)
n. Offensive
A dark-skinned person, especially one from northern Africa.

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

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

(ˈblæk əˌmʊər)

n. Archaic.
a person with very dark skin.
[1540–50; unexplained variant of phrase black Moor]
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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
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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Translations

blackamoor

n (obs)Mohr m (obs)
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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.”
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.
He looks down upon us country people as so many blackamoors. He's never content unless he gets my yellow-sealed wine, which costs me ten shillings a bottle, hang him!
This practice was ongoing and as late as 1620 the Lord Mayor's Pageant included a figure with 'naked limmes' and the 'naked shape' of a 'blackamoor'.
This was a new departure for him, since his major previous attempts at historical fiction, The Blackamoor of Peter the Great and Dubrovsky, had both been presented in the third person.
See my essay "'Hel's Perfect Character' or the Blackamoor Maid in Early Modern English Drama: The Postcolonial Cultural History of a Dramatic Type," Literature Interpretation Theory 11 (2000): 277-304.
For the imprecision and interchangeability of the derogatory stereotypes "Moor" and "blackamoor" as used in historical accounts and imaginative literature see Ania Loomba's excellent study Shakespeare, Race and Colonialism (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002), 46, 47.
Many of us teach Pushkin's prose in translation; Catherine O'Neil, for example, has taught The Blackamoor of Peter the Great and Queen of Spades to her non-major undergraduate students at the University of Denver.
The first part of the collection examines a number of Pushkin's primary works, with each essay underscoring how the writer's understanding of his African ancestry informs not only works in which Africanness is a theme, such as The Blackamoor of Peter the Great, but also works such as Ruslan and Ludmila (examined by Richard Gustafson), which is devoid of the African motif, yet reveals Pushkin's perhaps less obvious but nonetheless important symbolic anxiety towards the "dark side of his lineage" (99).