- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of un-american
Fortunately, these un-American arguments are destined to fail with the American public as the issue ripens.The United States Needs Corporate 'Loyalty Oaths'
August 4, 2014
It seems almost un-American to double down on the Clinton and Bush dynasties that ran the country for a generation.Why We Can’t Quit Bush and Clinton
March 25, 2014
And any lover of “Seinfeld” would regard banning the “Soup Nazi” episode as scandalously un-American.Should Neo-Nazis Be Allowed Free Speech?
January 31, 2014
When Bauer pointed this out, the phrase that went through my mind like a grim joke was, “How un-American of him.”The Mad Gunman of Paris
November 19, 2013
Most disconcerting of all was the sense that this perilous post-election limbo was so very un-American.Why Egypt Has Coups … and We Don’t
August 22, 2013
Historical Examples of un-american
"Very un-American," remarked the singer, as he ate his crab bisque.Melomaniacs
And if this—Berg—thought him un-American for drinking an imported beverage, what of it?Security
Poul William Anderson
The men were asked if they had heard of any un-American goings-on in the Navy Yard.Secret Armies
John L. Spivak
They denounce those who cling to the doctrine as un-American.Folkways
William Graham Sumner
Some of his compatriots hinted that his English life was making him un-American.The Arena
- not in accordance with the aims, ideals, customs, etc, of the US
- against the interests of the US
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.