Definition of verkrampte in English:

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verkrampte

Pronunciation: /fɛːˈkramptə/
(also verkramp /fɛːˈkramp/) South African

adjective

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.

noun

A person holding bigoted and reactionary views.
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.

Derivatives

verkramptheid

noun

Origin

Afrikaans, literally 'narrow, cramped'.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: ver|krampte

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