Lilywhite

lily-white

[adj. lil-ee-hwahyt, -wahyt; n. lil-ee-hwahyt, -wahyt]
adjective
1.
white as a lily: soft lily-white skin.
2.
pure; untouched by corruption or imperfection; above reproach: He tries to pass himself off as some sort of lily-white saint, but he's not.
3.
designating or pertaining to any faction, organization, or group opposing the inclusion of blacks, especially in political or social life.
noun
4.
a member of a lily-white organization, especially a member of a former faction of the Republican Party in the South opposed to the inclusion of blacks in the party or in political life in general.

Origin:
1275–1325; Middle English lylie-whyt


3. segregated, discriminatory, unintegrated.
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lily-white
 
adj
1.  of a pure white: lily-white skin
2.  informal pure; irreproachable
3.  informal (US)
 a.  discriminating against Black people: a lily-white club
 b.  racially segregated

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