anti-Semitism

[ an-tee-sem-i-tiz-uh m, an-tahy- ]
/ ˌæn tiˈsɛm ɪˌtɪz əm, ˌæn taɪ- /
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noun

discrimination against or prejudice or hostility toward Jews.

Origin of anti-Semitism

First recorded in 1880–85
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Word Origin and History for anti-semitism

anti-Semitism


n.

also antisemitism, 1881, from German Antisemitismus, first used by Wilhelm Marr (1819-1904) German radical, nationalist and race-agitator, who founded the Antisemiten-Liga in 1879; see anti- + Semite.

Not etymologically restricted to anti-Jewish theories, actions, or policies, but almost always used in this sense. Those who object to the inaccuracy of the term might try Hermann Adler's Judaeophobia (1882). Anti-Semitic (also antisemitic) and anti-Semite (also antisemite) also are from 1881, like anti-Semitism they appear first in English in an article in the "Athenaeum" of Sept. 31, in reference to German literature.

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Culture definitions for anti-semitism

anti-Semitism

[ (an-tee-sem-uh-tiz-uhm, an-teye-sem-uh-tiz-uhm) ]

Prejudice or hatred against Jews (see also Jews), a Semitic race. (See Arab-Israeli conflict and Nazis.)

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