Definition of verkrampte in English:


Line breaks: ver|krampte
Pronunciation: /fɛːˈkramptə
(also verkramp /fɛːˈkramp/)
South African


  • Conservative or reactionary, especially as regards apartheid: the gravest error he could make would be to halt his reform plans to win back verkrampte voters
    More example sentences
    • Most people, from verkrampte Dutch to conservative Muslims, are sorry van Gogh got killed and don't want this to continue.
    • In the South African context of political reconciliation, the verkrampte protestation by Jubilee 2000 is just a smoke screen devoid of meaning.


Back to top  
  • A person holding bigoted and reactionary views.
    More example sentences
    • The founding of the party was preceded by a bitter power struggle between the verkramptes and the verligtes in the Afrikaner community.
    • Social change and political challenges divided Afrikaner verligtes (the enlightened) from verkramptes (cramped conservatives).
    • He was a verkrampte but there were times when he shed tears at the facts - and the faces - we brought to his attention.





Afrikaans, literally 'narrow, cramped'.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day coloratura
Pronunciation: ˌkɒlərəˈtjʊərə
elaborate ornamentation of a vocal melody