Invictus Glossary

terrorist (noun)

A person who uses violence or intimidation for political gain.

apartheid (noun)

a policy or system of segregation or discrimination on grounds of race.

rugby (noun)

a team game played with an oval ball that may be kicked, carried, and passed from hand to hand.

bludgeon (verb)

To beat someone (or something) with an object.

the ANC (proper noun)

The African National Congress is the Republic of South Africa's governing political party. It has been the ruling party of post-apartheid South Africa since the election of Nelson Mandela in the 1994 election.

ulcer (noun)

an open sore on an external or internal surface of the body, caused by a break in the skin or mucous membrane that fails to heal.

rainbow nation (proper noun)

A term coined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu to describe post-apartheid South Africa, after South Africa's first fully democratic election in 1994.

mongrel (noun)

a dog of no definable type or breed.

Afrikaner (proper noun)

an Afrikaans-speaking person in South Africa, especially one descended from the Dutch and Huguenot settlers of the 17th century.

muti (noun)

a term for traditional medicine in Southern Africa as far north as Lake Tanganyika.

autocracy (noun)

a system of government by one person with absolute power.

emancipation (noun)

the fact or process of being set free from legal, social, or political restrictions; liberation.

cabinet (noun)

The committee of senior ministers responsible for controlling government policy.

Victorian (proper adjective)

Literature written in England during the reign of Queen Victoria, or roughly from 1837 -1901. It is largely characterized by the struggle of working people and the triumph of right over wrong.

Fort Hare (proper noun)

An 1835 British-built fort on a rocky outcrop at the foothills of the Amatola Mountains; close to the present-day town of Alice, Eastern Cape in South Africa.

tackle (verb)

An act of taking the ball, or attempting to take the ball, from an opponent.

polygamist (noun)

a person who has more than one wife or husband at the same time.

wrath (noun)

Extreme anger.

bokke (noun)

Informal term for the Springboks team used by fans.

Maori (proper noun)

A member of the aboriginal people of New Zealand.