Apartheid meaning

ə-pärthīt, -hāt
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.

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An official policy of racial segregation formerly practiced in the Republic of South Africa, involving political, legal, and economic discrimination against nonwhites.
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A policy or practice of separating or segregating groups.
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The official policy (c. 1950-91) of strict racial segregation and discrimination against nonwhites practiced in South Africa.
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The condition of being separated from others; segregation.
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Any policy or condition of discriminatory segregation or separation.
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(historical) The discriminatory policy of racial separation used by South Africa from 1948 to 1990.
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(by extension) A policy or situation of segregation based on some specified attribute.
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(by extension) Any similar policy of racial separation/segregation and discrimination.
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Origin of apartheid

  • Afrikaans Dutch apart separate (from French à part apart apart) Dutch -heid -hood

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Afrikaans apartheid (1929 in a South African socio-political context), literally “separateness”, “apartness”, from Dutch apart (“separate”) + suffix -heid, cognate of English -hood.

    From Wiktionary