- (in the Republic of South Africa) a rigid former policy of segregating and economically and politically oppressing the nonwhite population.
- any system or practice that separates people according to color, ethnicity, caste, etc.
Origin of apartheid
Examples from the Web for apartheid
Before Fidel, when segregation was in full swing, the Cuban apartheid meant many clubs and parks still refused black Cubans entry.The Life and Hard Times Of The Family A Cuban Defector Left Behind
December 19, 2014
Israel is not a perfect state, but it is nothing like apartheid South Africa, says a writer who has lived in both countries.
He was deputy editor when the newspaper was closed because of its opposition to apartheid.
Applying the apartheid label is incorrect—and is also confusing because it obscures the tyranny which is in force.
But there is none of the institutionalised racism basic to apartheid.
- (in South Africa) the official government policy of racial segregation; officially renounced in 1992
Word Origin and History for apartheid
1947 (policy begun 1948), from Afrikaans apartheid (1929 in a South African socio-political context), literally "separateness," from Dutch apart "separate" (from French àpart; see apart) + suffix -heid, cognate of English -hood. The official English synonym was separate development (1955).
"Segregation" is such an active word that it suggests someone is trying to segregate someone else. So the word "apartheid" was introduced. Now it has such a stench in the nostrils of the world, they are referring to "autogenous development." [Alan Paton, "New York Times," Oct. 24, 1960]