Definition of verligte in English:

verligte

Line breaks: ver|ligte
Pronunciation: /fɛːˈlɪxtə
 
/
(also verlig)
South African

adjective

  • Progressive or enlightened, especially as regards apartheid: he was an Afrikaner of liberal inclinations and verligte views
    More example sentences
    • The Broederbond's reformist agenda had been confirmed by the election of de Lange, verligte author of the 1981 education report, as chairman in 1983.
    • The message was relayed to me over a cup of tea in Parliament's members' lounge by FW's henchmen, both from not too verligte backgrounds.

noun

Back to top  
  • A person holding progressive and enlightened 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.
    • The Afrikaans lobby groups are immensely varied and powerful - from radical, right-wing campaigners to verligte, non-racial fighters.

Derivatives

verligtheid

noun

Origin

Afrikaans, literally 'enlightened'.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

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