[an-tee-fed-er-uh-list, -fed-ruh-, an-tahy-]
- U.S. History. a member or supporter of the Antifederal party.
- (lowercase) an opponent of federalism.
Origin of Antifederalist
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I own a few volumes of writings by the Anti-Federalists that I dip into from time to time.Go Form Your Own Country, Part II
January 30, 2013
The Anti-Federalists resented the assumption of the name by their opponents.Union and Democracy
I should suggest Federalists and Anti-Federalists as names for the parties you will form.The Eternal Boy
The laws were deemed by the Anti-Federalists to be autocratic and semi-monarchical.Daniel Webster for Young Americans
On his arrival at Charleston, he was greeted with fervor by the Anti-Federalists.
At this, the hostility of the Anti-Federalists knew no bounds.
- 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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