Ku-klux-klan meaning

ko͝o klŭks klăn, kyo͝o
A secret society organized in the South after the Civil War to reassert white supremacy by means of terrorism.
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(proper) A secret society of white men founded in the S States after the Civil War to reestablish and maintain white supremacy.
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A secret fraternal organization of similar intent founded in Georgia in 1915.
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The definition of Ku Klux Klan is a secret society in the southern U.S. that focuses on white supremacy and terrorizes other groups.

An example of the Ku Klux Klan is a group of men who are anti-black, anti-Catholic and anti-Semitic.

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(proper) 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.
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A secret society that uses terrorism to promote white supremacy. It primarily operated in the southern United States of America during the mid-1900s.
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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