U.S. History. a member or supporter of the Antifederal party.
(lowercase) an opponent of federalism.
Contemporary Examples

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 Michael Tomasky January 29, 2013

Historical Examples

A vast majority of anti-federalists have got into the Assembly of Virginia, so that Mr. Henry is omnipotent there.
Memoir, Correspondence, And Miscellanies, From The Papers Of Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson

The anti-federalists resented the assumption of the name by their opponents.
Union and Democracy Allen Johnson

In this body the anti-federalists obtained a large majority.
History of the Origin, Formation, and Adoption of the Constitution of the United States, Vol. 2 George Ticknor Curtis

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

The anti-federalists, like their opponents, could only look with favor on one side of this great question.
Inquiry Into the Origin and Course of Political Parties in the United States Martin Van Buren

At this, the hostility of the anti-federalists knew no bounds.
History of the United States Charles A. Beard and Mary R. Beard

He came into the Massachusetts Legislature as a federalist, but some anti-federalists also voted for him.
Speeches, Addresses, and Occasional Sermons, Volume 2 (of 3) Theodore Parker

It continued its existence until 1811, when the anti-federalists refused to recharter it.
Select Speeches of Daniel Webster Daniel Webster

I should suggest Federalists and anti-federalists as names for the parties you will form.
The Eternal Boy Owen Johnson

(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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