un-American

[ uhn-uh-mer-i-kuh n ]
/ ˌʌn əˈmɛr ɪ kən /
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adjective

not American; not characteristic of or proper to the U.S.; foreign or opposed to the characters, values, standards, goals, etc., of the U.S.

Origin of un-American

An Americanism dating back to 1810–20

Related formsun-A·mer·i·can·ism, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for un-american

un-American

adjective

not in accordance with the aims, ideals, customs, etc, of the US
against the interests of the US
Derived Formsun-Americanism, noun

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Word Origin and History for un-american

un-American

adj.

1818, from un- (1) "not" + American.

Everything is un-American that tends either to government by a plutocracy or government by a mob. [Theodore Roosevelt, 1917]
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Culture definitions for un-american

un-American

A term used, primarily by extreme conservatives, to attack principles or practices considered to be at odds with the values of most Americans. Many object to the use of the term on the grounds that it is vague, shortsighted, and intolerant.

Note

The House of Representatives maintained a Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) for several years. It was especially known for investigation of alleged communists. (See Alger Hiss.)

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