Entry from US English dictionary
The system of black slavery in the southern states of the US.
- 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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