Definition of blaxploitation in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌblaksploiˈtāSH(ə)n/


The exploitation of black people, especially with regard to stereotyped roles in movies.
Example sentences
  • Isaac Hayes gets to follow up his blaxploitation stardom with the meaty role of The Duke.
  • In 1994, director Quentin Tarantino paid homage to blaxploitation films with the wildly successful Pulp Fiction.
  • Putting value judgments aside for a moment, generally blaxploitation employs stereotypes regarding black people, exploiting these stereotypes for entertainment purposes.


1970s: blend of blacks (plural of noun black) and exploitation (see exploit).

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.