Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The state of being white.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The quality or state of being white; white color, or freedom from darkness or obscurity on the surface.
  • n. Want of a sanguineous tinge; paleness; as from terror, grief, etc.
  • n. Freedom from stain or blemish; purity; cleanness.
  • n. Nakedness.
  • n. A flock of swans.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state of being white; white color, or freedom from any darkness or obscurity on the surface.
  • n. Lack of color in the face; paleness, as from sickness, terror, or grief; pallor.
  • n. Purity; cleanness; freedom from stain or blemish.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality or state of the achromatic color of greatest lightness (bearing the least resemblance to black)
  • n. the state of being unsullied by sin or moral wrong; lacking a knowledge of evil
  • n. lightness or fairness of complexion

Etymologies

From white +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But the philosopher who asks whether the Taj has “whiteness” as a constituent and the philosopher who supposes that the Taj does have this property-constituent and asks, “What is the nature of this relation ˜constituent of™ that ˜whiteness™ bears to the Taj?” are asking questions about its ontological structure.)

    Metaphysics

  • The term whiteness studies is misleading because what we're actually trying to do is eliminate racial categories in America, but we have to study the history of racial categories to understand racism.

    World Without 'White'

  • On the other hand, though you suppress the term whiteness, you do not suppress some white thing, [25] though, of course, if the particular whiteness inhere as an accident in the thing, the thing disappears as soon as you suppress the accidental quality whiteness.

    The Theological Tractates and The Consolation of Philosophy

  • For, if sugar produce in us the ideas which we call whiteness and sweetness, we are sure there is a power in sugar to produce those ideas in our minds, or else they could not have been produced by it.

    An Essay Concerning Human Understanding

  • What will it mean to be white when whiteness is no longer the norm?

    The End of White America?

  • To take the most obvious example, whiteness is no longer a precondition for entry into the highest levels of public office.

    The End of White America?

  • As Latoya Peterson during Jezebel writes, In Precious 'mind, whiteness is homogeneous to being loved, safe, as well as wanted.

    Archive 2009-11-01

  • But now we parched it over our fire so that the grains puffed and exploded in whiteness and all the tribe came running to taste.

    Chapter 21

  • But whiteness is the default in our thinking for Earth-specific cultural/political reasons.

    Describing Characters of Color, pt. 2 «

  • Worse, by treating the characters of color so differently, the editor adds to the problem by implying that whiteness is “normal”.

    Describing Characters of Color, pt. 2 «

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  • prism, transparency

    July 24, 2009

  • Whiteness I remember
    About Sam: whiteness and the great run
    He gave me.

    from "Whiteness I Remember," Sylvia Plath

    March 26, 2008