Definition of negritude in English:


Syllabification: ne·gri·tude
Pronunciation: /ˈnegriˌt(y)o͞od, ˈnē-
(also Negritude)


  • 1The quality or fact of being of black African origin.
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    • Perhaps we can make sense of all the things that happen when race and the American mainstream collide by looking at them through an updated idea of negritude; Negritude 2.0, if you will.
    • Interpretations of this Ecole have tended to emphasize how the ideological tenets of Negritude determined its iconographic parameters and how the formal characteristics of European modernism informed its stylistic attributes.
    • You end up parroting a simplistic vision of Canada where Blackness or Negritude doesn't exist ‘in anything like the way it does down south.’
  • 1.1The affirmation or consciousness of the value of black or African culture, heritage, and identity: Negritude helped to guide Senegal into independence with pride
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    • In the French-speaking territories, Negritude was another variant of Pan-Africanism.
    • Artists working during the post-independence period pioneered an expressive genre of painting whose distinctive themes and styles were associated with the cultural ideology of Negritude and its promotion by President Senghor.
    • In fact, at Algiers, participants called for the demise of Negritude and the birth of national consciousness and arts.


1950s: from French négritude 'blackness'.

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