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English surname, from the adjective south. Compare Southern.

Proper nounEdit

South (countable and uncountable, plural Souths)

  1. The southern part of any region; alternative letter-case form of south.
  2. The Global South.
  3. (US) Those states which formed the Confederacy during the American Civil War.
  4. (US) The south-eastern states of the United States, including many of the same states as formed the Confederacy.
    • 1963, King, Jr., Martin Luther, “Transformed Nonconformist”, in Strength to Love[1], New York: Pocket Books, published 1964, →OCLC, page 13:
      Many sincere white people in the South privately oppose segregation and discrimination, but they are apprehensive lest they be publicly condemned.
    • 1971, Johnson, Lyndon, “"I feel like I have already been here a year"”, in The Vantage Point[2], Holt, Reinhart & Winston, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, page 18:
      Just when the blacks had had their hopes for equality and justice raised, after centuries of misery and despair, they awoke one morning to discover that their future was in the hands of a President born in the South.
    • 1997, Carlin, George, “WELL, YA GOTTA LIVE SOMEPLACE”, in Brain Droppings[3], New York: Hyperion Books, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, →OL, page 16:
      Of course, living in the South was never an option—the main problem being they have too much respect for authority; they're soldier-sniffers and cop lovers. I don't respect that, and I could never live with it. There's also way too much religion in the South to be consistent with good mental health.
    • 2003, Clinton, Hillary Rodham, “University of Life”, in Living History[4], →ISBN, →OCLC, pages 22-23:
      In the discussions we had sitting around church basements, I learned that, despite the obvious differences in our environments, these kids were more like me than I ever could have imagined. They also knew more about what was happening in the civil rights movement in the South. I had only vaguely heard of Rosa Parks and Dr. Martin Luther King, but these discussions sparked my interest.
    • [2007, James A. Millward, Eurasian Crossroads: A History of Xinjiang, London: Hurst & Company, published 2021, →ISBN, →OCLC, page 365:
      Tohti described a situation then current in Yeyiq Yezisi (Yeyike) township which is reminiscent of share-cropping in the post-bellum American south.]
    • 2012, Listening In: JFK's Secret Tapes[5], John F. Kennedy Library Foundation, 42:09 from the start:
      I should add a story, you know in the South at that time, Governor Barnett was sort of known as a bit of a dim bulb. And two years before, during the presidential campaign, one of the flashpoints in the debates that fall involved two Nationalist Chinese islands just off the coast of China: Quemoy and Matsu. And right after this argument erupted in the campaign, Ross Barnett was out politicking one day and the reporters asked him, "Governor, what about Quemoy and Matsu?" And he looked around sort of lost and said to one of his aides, "Them those two fellers I put on the Fishing and Game Commission last year?"
  5. A surname.


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