- The definition of apartheid refers to a political system where people are clearly divided based on race, gender, class or other such factors.
An example of Apartheid is a society where white people are considered superior and people of other races are mistreated.
apartheid definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Afrikaans the state of being separate
apartheid definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites.
- A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups.
- The condition of being separated from others; segregation.
Origin: Afrikaans : Dutch apart, separate (from French à part, apart; see apart) + Dutch -heid, -hood.
apartheid - Cultural Definition
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.)