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- n. An ethnic or racial slur typically caricaturing some identifiable (often physical) feature of the group being derided. For example, "nigger", an offensive word for those of African ancestry, refers to their black skin.
From prefix ethno- and phaulism; phaulism is derived from the Greek word φαύλισμα from φαυλίζειν "to vilify" from φαῦλος "bad, unjust." (Wiktionary)