Ku Klux Klan Definition

ko͝o klŭks klăn, kyo͝o
A secret society of white men founded in the S States after the Civil War to reestablish and maintain white supremacy.
Webster's New World
A secret society organized in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1915 as “the Invisible Empire, Knights of the Ku Klux Klan”: it is anti-black, anti-Semitic, anti-Catholic, etc., and uses terrorist methods.
Webster's New World
A secret fraternal organization of similar intent founded in Georgia in 1915.
American Heritage
  • bedsheet nightriders*.
  • cloaked avengers*
  • the Klan
  • hate group
  • white supremacy group
  • secret racist society
  • klan
A secret society that uses terrorism to promote white supremacy. It primarily operated in the southern United States of America during the mid-1900s.

Origin of Ku Klux Klan

  • Perhaps alteration of Greek kuklos circle cycle alteration of clan

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Probably based on Ancient Greek κύκλος (kuklos, “circle”) and clan.

    From Wiktionary

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