liberal, noun and & adjective

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EnglishShow more Special use of general English.
As a term of abuse:
A. noun liberalist noun.
1939 R.F.A. Hoernlé S. Afr. Native Policy & Liberal Spirit p.viiTo plead for fuller knowledge, or for more humane consideration, of non-European needs and interests, is to earn..the title of ‘negrophile,’ kafir-boetie, or — most scathing of all — ‘liberal’.
1962 L.E. Neame Hist. of Apartheid 8A White population most of whom are too engrossed in business or sport to pay serious attention to those they regard as ‘alarmists’, or even worse, ‘liberals’.
1962 L.J. Clarke in Black Sash Dec.Jan. 21Liberal, A Communist belonging to the Liberal Party. Communist, A Liberal belonging to the Communist Party.
1971 Sunday Times 14 Nov. (Mag. Sect.) 12It seems that Christianity as we see it in the Bible has joined the ranks of that other dirty world ‘liberal,’ and is something to be despised rather than admired.
1981 A. Paton Ah, but your Land is Beautiful 71It is hard to describe the detestation in which the words liberal, liberalism, and liberalist are held in white Pretoria. Liberalism denotes moral looseness and degeneracy. White liberals are people who will hop into bed with blacks at the drop of a hat.
B. adjective liberalist adjective.
1943 J. Burger Black Man’s Burden 238Anyone who advocates non-European rights is dubbed ‘liberal’ or ‘negrophilist’ by the Nationalists.
1956 Times (U.K.) in M. Rogers Black Sash 268The Christian and idealistic wing of Nationalism (one cannot say ‘Liberal wing,’ since ‘Liberal’ is a term of abuse among Nationalists).
1958 A. Paton Hope for S. Afr. 7Further, the word ‘liberal’ has for the white enemies of South African Liberalism another meaning; it shares this further meaning with the words ‘liberalist’ and ‘liberalistic’. This meaning is derogatory and carries the stigma of ‘loose’, ‘careless’, ‘promiscuous’.
liberalistnoun.
liberalistadjective.
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