Definition: Apartheid

From New World Encyclopedia


Borrowed from Afrikaans apartheid, from the Dutch apart (“separate, apart”) +‎ -heid (“-hood”).


apartheid (countable and uncountable, plural apartheids)

  1. The policy of racial separation or segregation used in South Africa from 1948 to 1990.
  2. By extension, any similar policy of racial separation.


  • 1963 "When the doors of a business are open to the public, they must be open to all regardless of race if apartheid is not to become engrained in our public [...]" — Lombard v. Louisiana 373 U.S. 267 (Justice William O. Douglas, concurring)


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