Definition of Ku klux klan

1. Noun. A secret society of white Southerners in the United States; was formed in the 19th century to resist the emancipation of slaves; used terrorist tactics to suppress Black people.

Exact synonyms: Kkk, Klan
Category relationships: Act Of Terrorism, Terrorism, Terrorist Act
Member holonyms: Klavern, Grand Dragon, Klansman, Kluxer, Ku Kluxer
Generic synonyms: Secret Society, Foreign Terrorist Organization, Fto, Terrorist Group, Terrorist Organization
Geographical relationships: South

Definition of Ku klux klan

1. Proper noun. A secret society that uses terrorism to promote white supremacy. It primarily operated in the southern United States of America during the mid-1900s. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Ku Klux Klan

Krupp gun
Kruse's brush
Kruskal-Szekeres coordinates
Krzysztof Kieslowski
Ktiv Male
Ku Klux Klan
Ku Kluxer
Ku Te Do
Ku antibodies
Kuala Lumpur
Kuala Terengganu
Kuan Yin
Kubla Khan
Kublai Kaan

Literary usage of Ku klux klan

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 by James Ford Rhodes (1906)
"DM Matteson furnishes me this endorsement of Brown and Dunning : — I think that the Ku-Klux-Klan outrages virtually ceased in 1872. ..."

2. A History of the United States Since the Civil War by Ellis Paxson Oberholtzer (1922)
"346-49; Lester and Wilson, The ku klux klan, appendices; Ku Klux Report, vol. xiii, ... ku klux klan."

3. American State Trials: A Collection of the Important and Interesting by John Davison Lawson, Robert Lorenzo Howard (1918)
"The transformation of the ku klux klan from a band of regulators, honestly trying to preserve peace and order, into the body of desperate men who convulsed ..."

4. A History of the American People by Woodrow Wilson (1918)
"THE Ku-KLux KLAN PRESENTMENT OF THE GRAND JURY, COLUMBIA, SOUTH CAROLINA, 1871 Southern opposition to reconstruction expressed itself largely through the ..."

5. Southwestern Historical Quarterly by Texas State Historical Association, Eugene Campbell Barker, Herbert Eugene Bolton, University of Texas at Austin Center for Studies in Texas History (1906)
"THE ku klux klan. WD WOOD. The publication by Thomas Dixon of a sketch of the origin, organization, dissolution, and ritual of the ku klux klan, ..."

6. Report of the Joint Select Committee Appointed to Inquire Into the Condition by Luke Potter Poland, John Scott (1872)
"So, gentlemen, this defense, this attempt at palliation, this attempt at explanation, this attempted excuse for the deeds of the Ku-Klux Klan, is blown to ..."

7. The Existing Conflict Between Republican Government and Southern Oligarchy by Green Berry Raum (1884)
"Tennessee enacts Laws against the ku klux klan—The Klan becomes More Desperate, and its Outrages More Numerous and Terrible—Congress takes the Subject in ..."

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