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European

[yoo r-uh-pee-uh n, yur-]
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adjective
  1. of or relating to Europe or its inhabitants.
  2. native to or derived from Europe: traditional European customs; European languages.
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Europe.
  2. a person of European descent.
  3. (in East Africa and Asia) a white person; Caucasian.
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Origin of European

1595–1605; < Latin Eurōpae(us) (see Europe, -eous) + -an
Related formsEu·ro·pe·an·ly, adverban·ti-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective, nounin·ter-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjectivenon-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective, nounpro-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective, nounpseu·do-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective, nounun-Eu·ro·pe·an, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • Order could only be restored through the intervention of Arabi, who now adopted a more distinctly anti-European attitude.

    Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 2, Slice 3

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  • Ireland is appropriated and used, not to the service of European interests but to the extension of anti-European interests.


British Dictionary definitions for anti-european

anti-European

adjective
  1. opposed to the European Union or to political union of the countries of Europe
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noun
  1. a person who is opposed to the European Union or to political union of the countries of Europe
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Derived Formsanti-Europeanism, noun

European

adjective
  1. of or relating to Europe or its inhabitants
  2. native to or derived from Europe
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noun
  1. a native or inhabitant of Europe
  2. a person of European descent
  3. a supporter of the European Union or of political union of the countries of Europe or a part of it
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Derived FormsEuropeanism, noun
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Word Origin and History for anti-european

European

c.1600, from French Européen, from Latin Europaeus, from Greek Europaios "European," from Europe (see Europe).

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