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nig·ger (nĭgər)
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n.
Offensive Slang
1.
a. 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).
b. Used as a disparaging term for a member of any dark-skinned people.
2. Used as a disparaging term for a member of any socially, economically, or politically deprived group of people.

[Alteration of dialectal neger, black person, from French nègre, from Spanish negro; see NEGRO.]

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