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nig·ger  audio  (ngr) KEY 

NOUN:
Offensive Slang
    1. Used as a disparaging term for a Black person: "You can only be destroyed by believing that you really are what the white world calls a nigger" (James Baldwin).
    2. Used as a disparaging term for a member of any dark-skinned people.
  1. Used as a disparaging term for a member of any socially, economically, or politically deprived group of people: "Gun owners are the new niggers . . . of society" (John Aquilino).

ETYMOLOGY:
Alteration of dialectal neger, black person, from French nègre, from Spanish negro ; see Negro


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