Borrowed from Afrikaans apartheid, from the Dutch apart (“separate, apart”) + -heid (“-hood”).
apartheid (countable and uncountable, plural apartheids)
- The policy of racial separation or segregation used in South Africa from 1948 to 1990.
- 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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