Definition of White Father in English:

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White Father


1A white man regarded by people of a nonwhite race as having authority over them.
Example sentences
  • In doing so, he revealed a preoccupation which evidently possesses his waking thoughts - that he is the great White Father, come to rescue the oppressed brown people of the world from their deprivation.
  • But he's trapped in a role (Great White Father) that became obsolete about three generations ago.
  • Because this isn't your Great White Father's Third World anymore.
2A member of the Society of Missionaries of Africa, a Roman Catholic order founded in Algiers in 1868.
Example sentences
  • It was further edited by a White Father missionary, Edouard Labreque, and finally published in Bemba as Ifikolwe Fyandi na Bantu Bandi (My Ancestors and My People).
  • The nine mission stations of the White Fathers accounted for the bulk of European residents in 1940.
  • The cruelly-bound prisoners passed the home of the White Fathers on their way to execution.


Translating French Père Blanc.

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Syllabification: White Fa·ther

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