Definition of white man's burden in English:

white man's burden

phrase

  • The task, believed by white colonizers to be incumbent upon them, of imposing Western civilization on the black inhabitants of European colonies.

    • ‘You know, apart from ‘the white man's burden,’ there were other patronising ideas floating around at the time.’
    • ‘The self-defeating nature of imperialism is slyly suggested through a dramatic reversal that exploits the notion of the white man's burden.’
    • ‘This is hardly surprising, since the white man's burden has long been recognized as an excuse for the most vile exploitation.’
    • ‘Even the neocons, for all their viciousness and totalitarian gut instincts, sometimes show signs of taking their white man's burden seriously.’
    • ‘He blamed the white man who, in the name of civilization and ‘the white man's burden,’ impoverished many peoples in the world.’
    • ‘It is a sort of modern style of the white man's burden in 2004.’
    • ‘Earlier settlers are cruel and violent, unable to understand the white man's burden in Africa or the value of fairness and bureaucracy.’
    • ‘We will go out, we will pick up the white man's burden and we will colonise these areas that are not yet under our domination.’
    • ‘He obviously thinks it's time we donned our pith helmets and picked up the white man's burden again.’
    • ‘He bears the white man's burden with exceptional grace.’