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from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The name adopted in the southern part of the United States by a secret political organization, active for several years after the close of the Civil War, and having for its aim the repression of the political power of the freed negroes; -- called also Kuklux Klan and the Klan. It exerienced a revival in the 1920's, in the north as well as the south, and persists as a weak organization into the 1990's. Its goals were primarily anti-negro and anti-Catholic, and its tactics included terrorist attacks on negroes for the purpose of intimidation with the goal of continuing segregation. The signature activity of the Klan was the burning of a cross, either at rallies of Klansmen, or on the property of African-Americans which they hoped to intimidate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as Kuklux Klan.
  • n. A member of the Kuklux Klan.
  • To subject to outrage by the methods of the Kuklux Klan.

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