Definition of the white man's burden from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

the white man's burden

 
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(old use, rather offensive)
 
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a phrase that was used mainly in the 19th century to express the idea that European countries had a duty to run the countries and organizations of people in other parts of the world with less money, education or technology than the Europeans. The phrase was first used in a poem by Rudyard Kipling.