baasskap

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Afrikaans baasskap, from baas (boss).

Noun[edit]

baasskap (uncountable)

  1. (South Africa) Dominion, control, especially of white South Africans over non-whites.
    • 1994, Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom, Abacus 2010, p. 195:
      Africxan teachers were not permitted to criticize the government or any school authority. It was intellectual baasskap, a way of institutionalising inferiority.