Definition of peculiar institution in English:

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peculiar institution


The system of black slavery in the southern states of the US.
Example sentences
  • Younger generations of southern blacks and whites will have difficulty understanding this peculiar era that followed the peculiar institution of slavery, but they should try.
  • What pushed Lincoln was the insistence of the Southern States that they be allowed to expand and solidify their peculiar institution.
  • The slaves’ increased resistance to the regime ultimately caused elite women to question the peculiar institution.

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Syllabification: pe·cu·liar in·sti·tu·tion

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