See also: négritude



From French négritude (coined by Aimé Césaire), from nègre (Negro) + -tude.



negritude (countable and uncountable, plural negritudes)

  1. The fact of being of black African descent, especially a conscious pride in the values, cultural identity etc. of African heritage; blackness. [from 20th c.]
    • 1969 May, Richard A. Long, “Perspective: Negritude”, in Black World/Negro Digest, Johnson Publishing, page 11:
      Negritude is not wearing turbans and fezzes, though these may be quite alluring.
    • 1976, Dorothy S. Blair, African literature in French: a history of creative writing in French from west and equatorial Africa, CUP Archive, →ISBN, page 144:
      Long before Negritude had become a war-cry among the Black intellectuals of the Left Bank, Caribbean writers had been composing verses in French that were purely derivative, evoking the Parnassian and neo-Romantic influences of the end of the last century.
    • 2005, Gaurav Gajanan Desai; Supriya Nair, Postcolonialisms: an anthology of cultural theory and criticism, Rutgers University Press, →ISBN, page 185:
      In order to explain this morality in action of negritude, I must go back a little.
    • 2010, Christopher Hitchens, Hitch-22, Atlantic, published 2011, page 91:
      Another important thing about “CLR,” as he was known in our little movement, was his disdainful opposition to any Third World fetishism or half-baked negritude.





  • Rhymes: (Brazil) -ud͡ʒi, (Portugal) -udɨ
  • Hyphenation: ne‧gri‧tu‧de


negritude f (plural negritudes)

  1. negritude (the characteristic of being of black African descent)
  2. blackness (the characteristic of being black in colour)

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