doughface
noun Date: 1830 a Northern congressman not opposed to slavery in the South before or during the American Civil War; also a Northerner sympathetic to the South during the same period • dough-faced adjective

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  • Doughface — Dough face , n. A contemptuous nickname for a timid, yielding politician, or one who is easily molded. [Political cant, U. S.] [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • doughface — contemptuous nickname in U.S. politics for Northern Democrats who worked in the interest of the South before the Civil War; it was taken to mean man who allows himself to be moulded. The source is an 1820 speech by John Randolph of Roanoke, in… …   Etymology dictionary

  • doughface — ☆ doughface [dō′fās΄ ] n. [ DOUGH + FACE] in the Civil War, a Northerner who sided with the South on the slavery issue …   English World dictionary

  • Doughface — The term doughface originally referred to an actual mask made of dough, but came to be used in a disparaging context for someone, especially a politician, who is perceived to be pliable and moldable.[1] In the 1847 Webster s dictionary… …   Wikipedia

  • doughface — /doh fays /, n. U.S. Hist. 1. a Northerner who sympathized with the South during the controversies over new territories and slavery before the Civil War. 2. a congressman from a northern state not opposed to slavery in the South. [1785 95, Amer.; …   Universalium

  • doughface — noun a person, especially a politician, who is pliable, moldable like dough …   Wiktionary

  • doughface — n. timid, yielding, easily molded person; (U.S. History) Northerner who supported the South during the Civil War (particularly a Northern congressman who refused to condemn slavery) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • doughface — n. [U. S.] Pliable politician, nose of wax …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • doughface — dough•face [[t]ˈdoʊˌfeɪs[/t]] n. amh. (before and during the Civil War) a Northerner who sympathized with the South, or a Northern politician who was not opposed to slavery in the South • Etymology: 1825–30, amer …   From formal English to slang

  • doughface — ˈ ̷ ̷ˌ ̷ ̷ noun 1. : false face, mask 2. a. : a congressman from a northern state who did not oppose slavery b. : a northerner sympathetic to the South during the Civil War …   Useful english dictionary

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