Definition of apartheid in English:

apartheid

Line breaks: apart|heid
Pronunciation: /əˈpɑːtheɪt
 
, əˈpɑːtʌɪd
 
/

noun

[mass noun] historical
1(In South Africa) a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race.
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  • An interesting point that Rose was quoted on in the Guardian was that he applied the same boycott to South Africa under apartheid.
  • It is the same story in every subsequent popular revolution, up to and including the overthrow of apartheid in South Africa.
  • Black people's struggle against apartheid in South Africa attracted immense worldwide solidarity.
1.1Segregation on grounds other than race: sexual apartheid
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  • The segregation of women and sexual apartheid are seen as a desirable state for women in society.
  • If you haven't spoken to these people, it is hard to explain just how obsessed with sexual apartheid they are.
  • If children are educated separately then it's a kind of apartheid.

Adopted as a slogan in the 1948 election by the successful Afrikaner National Party, apartheid extended and institutionalized existing racial segregation. Despite rioting and terrorism at home and isolation abroad from the 1960s onwards, the white regime maintained the apartheid system with only minor relaxation until February 1991

Origin

1940s: from Afrikaans, literally 'separateness', from Dutch apart 'separate' + -heid (equivalent of -hood).

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