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apartheid

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noun apart·heid \ə-ˈpär-ˌtāt, -ˌtīt\

Simple Definition of apartheid

  • : a former social system in South Africa in which black people and people from other racial groups did not have the same political and economic rights as white people and were forced to live separately from white people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of apartheid

  1. 1 :  racial segregation; specifically :  a former policy of segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-European groups in the Republic of South Africa

  2. 2 :  separation, segregation <cultural apartheid> <gender apartheid>

Origin and Etymology of apartheid

Afrikaans, from apart apart + -heid -hood


First Known Use: 1947



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