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English definition of “apartheid”


noun [U]     /əˈpɑː.taɪt/ /-teɪt/ US  /-ˈpɑːr.taɪt/
(in the past in South Africa) a political system in which people of different races were separated: the long-awaited dismantling (= end) of apartheidSystems of government
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