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Titles on PharosOnline Dictionaries

  • Pharos English-Afrikaans Dictionary
  • Verklarende Afrikaanse Woordeboek
  • Groot Tesourus van Afrikaans
  • Sinonieme en verwante woorde
  • English Dictionary for South African Schools
  • English/Afrikaans/Zulu/Xhosa Aid
  • English/Afrikaans/Northern Sotho/Tswana Aid
  • Bilingual school dictionary
  • Pharos Groot Woordeboek Afrikaans en Nederlands
  • Afrikaans-Japannese Woordeboek
  • South African Multilingual Dictionary
  • Dictionary of Economics and Business — Eng./Afr.
  • Dictionary of Oceanology — Eng./Afr.
  • New Business Dictionary — Eng./Afr.
  • Police Dictionary — Eng./Afr.
  • Building Dictionary — Eng./Afr.
  • Technical Dictionary — Eng./Afr.
  • Mathematics Dictionary — Eng./Afr.
  • SA Music Dictionary — Eng./Afr.
  • Verklarende Biologiewoordeboek
  • Woordeboek van Regs- en Handelsterme — Eng./Afr. verklarend
  • Dictionary for the Health Sciences — Eng./Afr.
  • Bridge — Eng./Afr. verklarend
  • Classical Names — Eng./Afr.
  • Property Economics — Eng./Afr.
  • Botanical Dictionary — Eng./Afr.
  • Filatelieterme — Afr./Eng.
  • Tweetalige lys geologiese en verwante terme — Afr./Eng.
  • Water and Sewage Works Terms — Eng./Afr.
  • Encyclopaedic Dictionary of short-term insurance — Eng./Afr.
  • Theatre, Radio, Television and Film Dictionary — Eng./Afr.

Words of the Year

Win with Words: Do you have any favourite or new words from the past year? Let us know by sending an e-mail to with the subject Word of the Year. Include your details and you could win a Pharos bilingual collection of style guides! (Titles include: The essential companion for writers and editors; Glossary of literary terms; Spreekwoorde en waar hulle vandaan kom; Bygelowe en waar hulle vandaan kom; and 'n Dief aan die kers: skelm woorde deur die eeue)

We are celebrating a linguistically diverse year by presenting our Words of the Year for 2016. We have selected 4 words that have made a cultural/social impact in our society or everyday lives. For each week in December we will showcase a word/term and the reason for selecting it.

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Why this word?

The term state capture rose to prominence in South Africa when former Public Protector Thuli Madonsela released her 'state capture report' with corruption accusations against President Jacob Zuma and other state officials due to the involvement of the Gupta family in state affairs. The saga around the report continues and the impact on the South African political landscape could be defining. The word has also recently been used by Trevor Noah on the Daily Show in the USA. Noah discussed South Africa's political and economic state capture situation and links it to president-elect Donald Trump's precarious position as businessman and president.

– Pharos Words of the Year 2016

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