Etymology
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racial (adj.)

"relating, pertaining to, or characteristic of an ethnic race or race generally," 1862, from race (n.2) + -ial. "A word of considerable frequency in the 20th century" [OED]. Related: Racially.

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steering (n.)

early 13c., verbal noun from steer (v.). Steering-wheel attested from 1750. Steering committee in the U.S. political sense is recorded from 1887.

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desegregation (n.)

"the abolition of racial segregation," 1935, American English, from de- "the opposite of" + segregation in the racial sense.

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biracial (adj.)

also bi-racial, 1904; see bi- "two" + racial. Related: Biracially.

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multiracial (adj.)

also multi-racial, "of, pertaining to, or characterized by several races," especially "characterized by coexistence of different races," by 1903, from multi- "many" + racial.

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interracial (adj.)

also inter-racial, "existing or taking place between races," 1883, from inter- "between" + racial (adj.).

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deracialize (v.)

also deracialise, 1899, "remove the racial character or features from;" see de- + racial + -ize. Related: Deracialized; deracializing; deracialization.

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hard-up (adj.)

"in difficulties," especially "short of money," 1821, slang; it was earlier a nautical expression, in reference to steering.

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cybernetic (adj.)

1951, back-formation from cybernetics. Greek kybernetikos meant "good at steering."

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racialist (n.)

"a racist, an advocate of racial theory, a believer in the superiority of a particular race," 1910, from racial + -ist. Also see racist. As an adjective from 1917.

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