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white man's burden


from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The supposed or presumed responsibility of white people to govern and impart their culture to nonwhite people, often advanced as a justification for European colonialism.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The supposed responsibility of European people to govern and care for their colonial subjects

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

  • n. the supposed responsibility of the white race to provide care for their non-white subjects


From "The White Man's Burdenā€, a poem by Rudyard Kipling.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From the poem The White Man's Burden by Rudyard Kipling. (Wiktionary)


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