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[an-tee-uh-mer-i-kuh n, an-tahy-] /ˌæn ti əˈmɛr ɪ kən, ˌæn taɪ-/
opposed or hostile to the United States of America, its people, its principles, or its policies.
an anti-American person.
Origin of anti-American
1765-75, Americanism, in sense “anticolonial”; anti- + American
Related forms
anti-Americanism, noun Unabridged
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  • With all of his anti-American and pro-British ideas he leaped upon it.

  • They are not only anti- English, but anti-French, anti-American, and at times bitter.

    Germany and the Germans Price Collier
  • I replied that I seldom encountered such antagonism in Berlin; that it was chiefly the army which was anti-American.

    Germany, The Next Republic?

    Carl W. Ackerman
  • Only those who were so sympathetic with Germany that they were anti-American found it pleasant to live there.

    Germany, The Next Republic?

    Carl W. Ackerman
  • At once the German navy, which has always been anti-American, began building submarines night and day.

    Germany, The Next Republic?

    Carl W. Ackerman
British Dictionary definitions for anti-American


opposed to anything of or relating to the United States of America
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Word Origin and History for anti-American



also antiamerican, 1788 (n.), in reference to British parliamentary policies, from anti- + American. As an adjective by 1838. Related: Anti-Americanism "opposition to what is distinctly American," 1844.

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