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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Verwoerd, Hendrik Frensch 1901-1966. South African politician who as prime minister (1958-1966) pursued a policy of apartheid and removed South Africa from the British Commonwealth (1961). He was assassinated in Cape Town.

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  • n. South African statesman who instituted the policy of apartheid (1901-1966)

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Examples

  • "partition" scheme, this "Supremely positive step" of Dr. Verwoerd, is - like all apartheid schemes - merely a lot of high-sounding double-talk to conceal a policy of ruthless oppression of the non-Whites and of buttressing the unwarranted privileges of the White minority, especially the farming, mining and financial circles.

    VERWOERD'S GRIM PLOT

  • The transformation of the Western Cape cannot take place in an environment filled with names such as Verwoerd, Malan and Pirow.

    ANC CALLS FOR CRIMINAL INVESTIGATION OF STREET RENAMING FIASCO AND APOLOGY TO EX PRESIDENT MANDELA

  • Now what am I going to do with 30 gross Hendrick Verwoerd tee-shirts?

    Matthew Yglesias » Pro-Slavery

  • February 2nd, 2010 at 10: 37 pm oh, and to sum up: no, there is no good or acceptable reason, ever, to wear a Confederate insignia, any more then there is to wear a tee shirt of Verwoerd or Kim Il Sung.

    Matthew Yglesias » Pro-Slavery

  • The only rival to the toilet bowl for campaign iconography has been a statue of Hendrik Verwoerd, reviled architect of racial apartheid, in another DA-run municipality that the party holds up as a showcase of good governance.

    Why is South Africa still providing 'apartheid toilets'? | David Smith

  • In fact the statue of Verwoerd had been there for years, under both ANC and DA administrations, but a chance reference to it in a newspaper article lit the blue touchpaper.

    Why is South Africa still providing 'apartheid toilets'? | David Smith

  • He demanded that Verwoerd call for a national constitutional convention in which representatives of all races would “sit down in brotherhood” and create a “new nonracial democratic constitution.”

    BARGAINING WITH THE DEVIL

  • To make sure he got his point across, Mandela put his challenge in writing—better for the press to quote accurately from it—in a follow-up letter to Verwoerd.

    BARGAINING WITH THE DEVIL

  • In 1961, appearing at a conference before some fourteen hundred delegates, he issued a public challenge to Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd.

    BARGAINING WITH THE DEVIL

  • Verwoerd, John Vorster and P. W. Botha — who became synonymous with apartheid's repression of the black and mixed-race populations.

    helen suzman, 1917-2008

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