white man's burden
white man's burden definition by Webster's New World
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the alleged duty of the white peoples to bring their civilization to other peoples regarded as backward: phrase popularized by Kipling and other apologists for imperialism
white man's burden definition by American Heritage Dictionary
nounThe American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th edition Copyright © 2010 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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.
Origin: From “The White Man's Burden”, a poem by Rudyard Kipling.