My current WIP is in edits. My current editor is a pit bull. That's not a complaint, BTW.

He doesn't like the word 'swarthy'. Believes it has negative connotations. A brief dip into the interwebz reveals only a definition of (relatively) darker skinned and possibly follicle-y gifted.

I don't want to give unnecessary offence, but my character needs to be, well, swarthy. Opinions? Alternatives? A quick synonym search was not helpful.