[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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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Contemporary Examples of anti-federalists

Historical Examples of anti-federalists

  • The Anti-Federalists resented the assumption of the name by their opponents.

    Union and Democracy

    Allen Johnson

  • I should suggest Federalists and Anti-Federalists as names for the parties you will form.

    The Eternal Boy

    Owen Johnson

  • The laws were deemed by the Anti-Federalists to be autocratic and semi-monarchical.

  • On his arrival at Charleston, he was greeted with fervor by the Anti-Federalists.

    History of the United States

    Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard

  • At this, the hostility of the Anti-Federalists knew no bounds.

    History of the United States

    Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard

British Dictionary definitions for anti-federalists


  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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