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[neg-ri-tood, -tyood, nee-gri-] /ˈnɛg rɪˌtud, -ˌtyud, ˈni grɪ-/

noun, (sometimes lowercase) Older Use: Often Offensive.
the historical, cultural, and social heritage considered common to black people collectively.
/ˈniːɡrɪˌtjuːd; ˈnɛɡ-/
the fact of being a Negro
awareness and cultivation of the Negro heritage, values, and culture

1950, from French négritude; see negro + -tude. Supposedly coined by young authors in the French colonies of Africa before World War II.


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