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redskin

[red-skin] /ˈrɛdˌskɪn/
noun, Older Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
1.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a North American Indian.
Origin
70
?1760-70; red1 + skin; probably loan translation of French peau rouge, itself translated from an American Indian term
Usage note
The date and origin of this term is in dispute. Evidence seems to show that in the 1760s, French colonists in the Mississippi Valley translated a Native American spoken term into the French language as peau rouge, which was then translated into English as redskin. Through the early part of the 19th century, American Indians continued to use their native word self-referentially, and it was translated into spoken and written English as redskin with no derogatory connotations, even as a term of respect. However, in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, within the historical context of white-Indian hostilities, use of the term redskin was associated with attitudes of contempt and condescension. By the 1960s, redskin had declined in use; because of heightened cultural sensitivities, it was perceived as offensive. Yet use of the term survives in the names of some sports teams.
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British Dictionary definitions for redskins

redskin

/ˈrɛdˌskɪn/
noun
1.
an old-fashioned informal name, now considered taboo, for a Native American
Word Origin
C17: so called because one particular tribe, the now extinct Beothuks of Newfoundland, painted themselves with red ochre
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Word Origin and History for redskins

redskin

n.

"American Indian," 1690s, from red (adj.1) + skin (n.). Red as the skin color of Native Americans is from 1580s; red man is from 1580s. Cf. red cent.

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