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red man

noun, Older Use: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.
Origin of red man
1600-10 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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  • The red-man had only to continue faithful, and the white man would stifle his ordnance.

    The Lily and the Totem William Gilmore Simms
  • The Wahcondah sometimes veiled his countenance from a red-man.

    The Prairie J. Fenimore Cooper
  • Suppose pale-face steal pony from red-man, what will Great Father do?

    Across America James F. Rusling
  • The red-man keeps on his trail, and the pale-face is never far behind.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • This piece of red-man faith, however jocularly recorded, did not meet that full contempt from my comrades I could have expected.

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
  • Why do they run about, and dishonor the red-man by calling themselves Injins?

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • I knew that sometimes they were not friendly to the red-man, so I waited till dark, and then crept forward and listened.

    The Big Otter R.M. Ballantyne
  • When the pale-face drove off the red-man there was no treaty between them.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
  • And yet this belief is one of the first attacked by silly White-men, who profess to enlighten the red-man's darkness.

    Two Little Savages Ernest Thompson Seton
  • If they had, it was to agree that the red-man should go away, and the pale-face stay.

    The Chainbearer J. Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for red-man

red man

(archaic, offensive) a North American Indian
Word Origin
C18: see redskin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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