apartheid

[uh-pahrt-heyt, -hahyt]
noun
1.
(in the Republic of South Africa) a rigid policy of segregation of the nonwhite population.
2.
any system or practice that separates people according to race, caste, etc.

Origin:
1945–50; < Afrikaans, equivalent to apart apart + -heid -hood

antiapartheid, noun, adjective
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apartheid (əˈpɑːthaɪt, -heɪt)
 
n
(in South Africa) the official government policy of racial segregation; officially renounced in 1992
 
[C20: Afrikaans, from apartapart + -heid-hood]

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apartheid
1947 (policy begun 1948), from Afrikaans apartheid (1929 in a S.African socio-political context), lit. "separateness," from Du. apart "separate" (from Fr. àpart; see apart) + suffix -heid, cognate of Eng. -hood. The official Eng. synonym was separate development (1955).
" 'Segregation' is such an active word that it suggests someone is trying to segregate someone else. So the word 'apartheid' was introduced. Now it has such a stench in the nostrils of the world, they are referring to 'autogenous development.' " [Alan Paton, "New York Times," Oct. 24, 1960]
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apartheid [(uh-pahr-teyet, uh-pahr-tayt)]

The racist policy (see racism) of South Africa that long denied blacks and other nonwhites civic, social, and economic equality with whites. It was dismantled during the 1990s. (See Nelson Mandela.)

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