[an-tee-uh-mer-i-kuh n, an-tahy-]


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 formsan·ti-A·mer·i·can·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of anti-american

Historical Examples of anti-american

  • 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.

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

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

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

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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