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English definition of “apartheid”


noun [U]     /əˈpɑːtaɪt/
in the past in South Africa, a political system in which white people had power over black people and made them live separatelySystems of governmentRace and ethnicityRacial issues
(Definition of apartheid noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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