apartheid - definition and synonyms

noun [uncountable] 

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/əˈpɑː(r)tˌheɪt/

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/əˈpɑː(r)tˌhaɪt/
  1. 1
    the political system that existed in the past in South Africa, in which only white people had political rights and power
  2. 2
    a situation in which different groups in society live almost completely separate lives, often with one group enjoying benefits that other groups cannot enjoy

    She used the phrase cultural apartheid to describe the segregation she witnessed in the school cafeteria.