apartheid

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apartheid the former South African policy of racial segregation of other groups from the white inhabitants. Adopted by the successful Afrikaner National Party as a slogan in the 1948 election, apartheid extended and institutionalized existing racial segregation.

The word is recorded from the 1940s, and comes from Afrikaans, meaning literally ‘separateness’.

apartheid

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apartheid XX. — Afrikaans, f. Du apart (— F. à part, see prec.) + -heid -HOOD.