Antifederalist

[an-tee-fed-er-uh-list, -fed-ruh-, an-tahy-]

Origin of Antifederalist

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; anti- + federalist
Related formsAn·ti·fed·er·al·ism, noun
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Antifederalist

noun
  1. US history a person who opposed the ratification of the Constitution in 1789 and thereafter allied with Thomas Jefferson's Antifederal Party, which opposed extension of the powers of the federal Government
  2. (often not capital) any person who opposes federalism
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