[ an-tee-fed-er-uh-list, -fed-ruh-, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn tiˈfɛd ər ə lɪst, -ˈfɛd rə-, ˌæn taɪ- /


U.S. History. a member or supporter of the Antifederal party.
(lowercase) an opponent of federalism.

Origin of Antifederalist

An Americanism dating back to 1780–90; anti- + federalist

Related forms

An·ti·fed·er·al·ism, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for anti-federalists


/ (ˌæntɪˈfɛdərəlɪst, -ˈfɛdrə-) /


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
(often not capital) any person who opposes federalism
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