apartheid

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noun apart·heid \ə-ˈpär-ˌtāt, -ˌtīt\

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


APARTHEID Defined for English Language Learners

apartheid

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noun apart·heid \ə-ˈpär-ˌtāt, -ˌtīt\

Definition of apartheid for English Language Learners

  • : 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



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