Meaning of lily-white

lil•y-white

Pronunciation: (adj.lil'ē-hwīt', -wīt'n.lil'ē-hwīt&sec, -wīt&sec), [key]
— adj.
  1. white as a lily: soft lily-white skin.
  2. pure; untouched by corruption or imperfection; above reproach: He tries to pass himself off as some sort of lily-white saint, but he's not.
  3. designating or pertaining to any faction, organization, or group opposing the inclusion of blacks, esp. in political or social life.
—n.
  1. a member of a lily-white organization, esp. a member of a former faction of the Republican party in the South opposed to the inclusion of blacks in the party or in political life in general.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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