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a person who is opposed to a particular practice, party, policy, action, etc.
a prefix meaning “against,” “opposite of,” “antiparticle of,” used in the formation of compound words (anticline); used freely in combination with elements of any origin (antibody; antifreeze; antiknock; antilepton).
Contemporary Examples

The piece of c.w. is that Republicans are pro-military and Democrats anti.
Republicans Against the Pentagon Michael Tomasky May 23, 2012

Regarding Muslims, we have clearly seen in recent times an uptick in anti—Muslim bigotry.
Muslims & Jews Unite vs. Abercrombie & Fitch Dean Obeidallah December 15, 2014

And yet, a man who is fine tuned to the vaguest whiff of anti Jewish sentiment blithely slurs Pakistanis, Chinese and women.
No Denial From Bret Stephens Re. Yeshiva University Panel Slurs Lisa Goldman October 28, 2013

All are holdovers from the Tkuma Party (explained here), and all are “anti women” (read: religious fanatics) in some way.
Netanyahu’s Feminist Posturing Elisheva Goldberg January 2, 2013

In a gush of pro-America, anti–Soviet Union glory, the fourth installment in the Rocky saga pulls out all the stops.
13 Most Patriotic Movies Ever: ‘Act of Valor,’ ‘Top Gun’ & More (VIDEO) Melissa Leon July 3, 2014

Historical Examples

He therefore sailed from anti Milo at sunset, and shaped his course to Cerigotto.
Narratives of Shipwrecks of the Royal Navy; between 1793 and 1849 William O. S. Gilly

None of our anti or neobiotics or combinations of them have a positive effect.
Bolden’s Pets F. L. Wallace

anti wasn’t ordinary; she was strange, even for an accidental, living far inside a deep armor of flesh.
Accidental Flight Floyd L. Wallace

I do hope she won’t have a bad time with that anti husband of hers!
Rebel women Evelyn Sharp

anti Christ and his confederates are to be destroyed at Megiddo.
The Transformation of Early Christianity from an Eschatological to a Socialized Movement Lyford Paterson Edwards

opposed to a party, policy, attitude, etc: he won’t join because he is rather anti
an opponent of a party, policy, etc
against; opposing: anticlerical, antisocial
opposite to: anticlimax, antimere
rival; false: antipope
counteracting, inhibiting, or neutralizing: antifreeze, antihistamine
designating the antiparticle of the particle specified: antineutron

as a stand-alone word, attested from 1788, originally in reference to the anti-federalists in U.S. politics (in the 1830s, of the Anti-Masonic party); as an adjective, from 1857. From anti- in various usages.

word-forming element meaning “against, opposed to, opposite of, instead,” from Old French anti- and directly from Latin anti-, from Greek anti “against, opposite, instead of,” also used as a prefix, from PIE *anti “against,” also “in front of” (see ante). It appears in some words in Middle English but was not commonly used in word formations until modern times.

anti- or ant-

Opposite: antimere.

Opposing; against: antisocial.

Counteracting; neutralizing: antibody.

A prefix whose basic meaning is “against.” It is used to form adjectives that mean “counteracting” (such as antiseptic, preventing infection). It is also used to form nouns referring to substances that counteract other substances (such as antihistamine, a substance counteracting histamine), and nouns meaning “something that displays opposite, reverse, or inverse characteristics of something else” (such as anticyclone, a storm that circulates in the opposite direction from a cyclone). Before a vowel it becomes ant-, as in antacid.


A person opposed to a particular plan, position, action, etc: The vote showed three pros and six antis


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