Definition of Carpetbag

1. Noun. Traveling bag made of carpet; widely used in 19th century.

2. Adjective. Following the practices or characteristic of carpetbaggers. "A carpetbag government"
Partainyms: Carpetbagger

3. Adjective. Presumptuously seeking success or a position in a new locality. "A capetbag politician"
Exact synonyms: Carpetbagging
Similar to: Expedient

Definition of Carpetbag

1. n. A portable bag for travelers; -- so called because originally made of carpet.

Definition of Carpetbag

1. Adjective. having the characteristics of carpetbaggers ¹

2. Noun. A traveling bag made from carpet scraps used primarily in the United States in the 19th century. ¹

3. Verb. To come to a place or organisation with which one has no previous connection with the sole or primary aim of personal gain, especially political or financial gain. ¹

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Definition of Carpetbag


Lexicographical Neighbors of Carpetbag

carpet burns
carpet knight
carpet loom
carpet moth
carpet pad
carpet python
carpet shark
carpet sharks
carpet slipper
carpet snake
carpet sweeper
carpet tack

Literary usage of Carpetbag

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Guide to the Study and Reading of American History by Edward ( Channing, Frederick Jackson Turner, Alberet Bushnell Hart (1912)
"carpetbag and Negro Rule, 1868-187? Summary. — Union, or Loyal, Leagues; ... Misrule of negro and carpetbag governments: conservatives; 1872, federal troops ..."

2. Documentary History of Reconstruction: Political, Military, Social by Walter Lynwood Fleming (1907)
"... carpetbag AND NEGRO RULE INTRODUCTION THE best known facts of Reconstruction are those which relate to the bad government of the period — the ignorant ..."

3. American History: For Use in Secondary Schools by Roscoe Lewis Ashley (1907)
"carpetbag Government in the South. — In almost Misgovern- all of the states the reconstructed governments were con- ment ln the trolled by the negro voters. ..."

4. Alexander H. Stephens by louis pendleton (1908)
"... XVH carpetbag AND NEGRO RULE STEPHENS remained quietly at home until arrested by the United States authorities on May 11, 1865. In the unpublished diary ..."

5. Recollections of a Rebel Reefer by James Morris Morgan (1917)
"... and master of the great Hampton plantation — A bachelor's manage and appetite — A lively fox hunt jn which the wily carpetbag Government is run to cover ..."

6. Days of My Life on Waters Fresh and Salt: And Other Papers by John Bickerdyke (1895)
"Search the map of Scotland as you may you will not, in all probability, discover the word ' carpetbag'; but far up in the North, near the sea, ..."

7. The Sequel of Appomattox: A Chronicle of the Reunion of the States by Walter Lynwood Fleming (1919)
"... CHAPTER X carpetbag AND NEGRO RULE THE Southern States reconstructed by Congress were subject for periods ..."

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