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  1. From our crowdsourced Open Dictionary
    dead white (European) male: a man, especially a writer or artist, whose achievements may have been overestimated because he belonged to the gender and ethnic group (male and white) that was dominant at the time

    The DWEM represents the canon works so long prized by academic traditionalistsworks created largely by Western, Eurocentric men, mostly now dead.

    Submitted from United Kingdom on 16/07/2014


used to describe something which is done more carefully and over a longer period of time …

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the practice of giving birth in the presence of several friends and relatives

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