(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.
- an·ti·a·part·heid, noun, adjective
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How to use apartheid in a sentence
There’s lots of arguments whether it’s occupation or not, whether it’s apartheid or not.“Everyone is impressed by Israeli vaccination, but I don’t think we’re a success story” | Lindsay Muscato | January 22, 2021 | MIT Technology Review
The country’s apartheid government had just packed the six-member body with five new judges in order to overcome its liberal wing.
The National Party wouldn’t fall out of power until 1994, when Nelson Mandela led his party to victory after the end of apartheid.
Despite being the senior justice of the court, he was twice passed over for the role of chief justice by the apartheid government — a politicized decision Davis compares to “replacing Ruth Bader Ginsburg with a hack.”
This investor-driven effort, as part of a broader boycott, ultimately helped end apartheid in South Africa.To fight systemic racism, the investment industry needs to look at its whiteness first | jakemeth | September 10, 2020 | Fortune
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 | Brin-Jonathan Butler | December 19, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The more violent aspect of the anti-apartheid movement was, safe to say, largely lost on Occidental College protestors.
Unsurprisingly, the thuggish Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe was among the first, along with then-apartheid South Africa.
Israel is not a perfect state, but it is nothing like apartheid South Africa, says a writer who has lived in both countries.
In Britain, bans on same-sex marriages were described as “a form of sexual apartheid.”
British Dictionary definitions for apartheid
(in South Africa) the official government policy of racial segregation; officially renounced in 1992
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Cultural definitions for apartheid
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