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.
"'No you don't, my lily-white.' And I took a tighter grip on his collar.
"'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.
Mendez's aim was to influence moviemakers to reflect her lily-white purity of intentions, that the medium of entertainment be made an agent for morality.
And in the distance a lily-white dove Descends from the heavens above A symbol of pure love that is true.
As a biracial lesbian in this lily-white theatre community, I am very excited to know-that your magazine recognizes the need to feature/showcase voices of color.
It would be difficult to miss, anyway; she's Korean-American and was raised by white parents in a lily-white Oregon town.
Only 46 dresses will be made, as part of the Made With Love line - 23 in lily-white like Meghan's and 23 in onyx-black.
Once the temperature tops 76, we are gripped with exposing parts of our lily-white flesh that seldom see the light of day.