Definition of Verwoerdian in US English:



  • Relating to or characteristic of the former South African Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd or his policies.

    ‘he was accused of Verwoerdian thinking’
    • ‘Visitors to the website should be forgiven for thinking that the party is some Verwoerdian nightmare.’
    • ‘This dizzying plunge through a Verwoerdian time warp was triggered by the Employment Equity Amendment Bill.’
    • ‘How on earth does the party hope to persuade voters it is not an apartheid relic when a third of its sitting MPs still have names harking back to the Verwoerdian era?’
    • ‘Up to his death, he clung to Verwoerdian apartheid ideology.’
    • ‘Coercive equity quotas are a Verwoerdian wrong the party should not and will not support.’