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.
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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