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1A word or phrase characteristic of, particular to, or originating from southern Africa; (now) specifically a characteristic word or idiom of South African English.
2The fact of belonging to or originating from southern Africa; (a belief in or advocacy of) the principle of the political unity of the South African people or nation.
Late 19th century; earliest use found in Literary World. From South African + -ism.
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