NP, noun

Forms:
Also N.P.
Origin:
Afrikaans, EnglishShow more Initial letters of Afrikaans Nasionale Party or English National Party.
1. The predominantly Afrikaner political party (founded by General J.B.M. Hertzog in 1914) which, after entering several coalitions, came to power in 1948 and adopted apartheid as its policy until 1990, when it moved into a period of transition towards a wider democracy, becoming part of the Government of National Unity in 1994; Nationalist Party sense (b), see Nationalist noun sense c; Nat Party, see Nat adjective sense 1. Also attributive. See also Herenigde Nationalist Party (Herenigde).
1956 Star in M. Rogers Black Sash 205Two Government members — Mr Steyn (N.P., Graaff-Reinet), and Senator Malan..attended in the wheel-chairs.
1977 B.J. Vorster in Hansard 20 Apr. 3751My predecessor, the late Dr Verwoerd, said on many occasions..that as the policy of separate development of the NP is put into effect more and more, the discrimination which existed in South Africa would disappear.
1979 E. Prov. Herald 20 July 2The reason the NP had not split was that it believed Afrikaner solidarity should be maintained at any cost.
1986 Style Dec.Jan. 41Bear in mind that the NP and PFP are passé, the CP and HNP declassé and liberalism merely réchauffé.
1987 P. Wagener in Grocott’s Mail 28 Apr. 3The NP was too ‘pap’ to govern.
1989 Sunday Times 3 Sept. 1At centre-left we have the DP and the NP, both committed to a negotiated future but differing on whom to negotiate with, and about what.
1990 Weekend Argus 17 Feb. 12The political thinking of South Africans, and NP members in particular, had been conditioned by decades of high-powered propaganda from..the NP’s propaganda machine.
1994 R. Malan in Style May 40From the outside, the process resembled nothing so much as sumo wrestling, the resolute giants of the ANC and the NP locked arm-in-arm and eyeball-to-eyeball, neither giving an inch.
2. Nationalist noun sense a.
1993 Sunday Times 31 Oct. 31Mr Grobbelaar’s favourite weapon is a knobkerrie — ‘it’s my favourite cultural weapon for chasing NPs off my farm,’ he chuckles...His father-in-law..an NP member, recently enjoyed a very pleasant stay at the Grobbelaar farm. And he’s an ‘NP’.
The predominantly Afrikaner political party (founded by General J.B.M. Hertzog in 1914) which, after entering several coalitions, came to power in 1948 and adopted apartheid as its policy until 1990, when it moved into a period of transition towards a wider democracy, becoming part of the Government of National Unity in 1994; Nationalist Party sense (b), see Nationalistnounc; Nat Party, see Natadjective1. Also attributive.
Nationalistnouna.

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