anti

noun
an·​ti | \ ˈan-ˌtī How to pronounce anti (audio) , ˈan-tē How to pronounce anti (audio) \
plural antis

Definition of anti

 (Entry 1 of 4)

: one that is opposed The group was divided into pros and antis.

anti

adjective

Definition of anti (Entry 2 of 4)

: opposed the anti group

Definition of anti (Entry 3 of 4)

: opposed to : against They were anti big corporations.

anti-

prefix
\ ˌan-ˌtī, ˌan-tē also ˌan-ti before consonsants\
variants: or ant- or anth-

Definition of anti- (Entry 4 of 4)

1a : of the same kind but situated opposite, exerting energy in the opposite direction, or pursuing an opposite policy anticlinal
b : one that is opposite in kind to anticlimax
2a : opposing or hostile to in opinion, sympathy, or practice anti-Semite
b : opposing in effect or activity antacid
3 : serving to prevent, cure, or alleviate antianxiety
4 : combating or defending against antiaircraft antimissile
5 : being or composed of antimatter antiproton antihydrogen

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Synonyms & Antonyms for anti

Synonyms: Preposition

against, agin [dialect], contra

Antonyms: Preposition

for, pro

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Examples of anti in a Sentence

Preposition

if you ask me, she's anti anything that sounds like the least bit of fun

First Known Use of anti

Noun

1788, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1855, in the meaning defined above

Preposition

1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anti

Noun

anti-

Adjective

see anti-

Preposition

see anti-

Prefix

anti- from Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin, against, from Greek, from anti; ant- from Middle English, from Latin, against, from Greek, from anti; anth- from Latin, against, from Greek, from anti — more at ante-

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The first known use of anti was in 1788

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English Language Learners Definition of anti

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : opposed to (something or someone)

anti-

prefix

English Language Learners Definition of anti- (Entry 2 of 2)

: opposite to something
: against someone or something
: acting to prevent something

anti-

prefix
\ ˈan-ti, ˈan-ˌtī\
variants: or ant- \ ant \

Kids Definition of anti-

1 : opposite in kind, position, or action anticyclone
2 : hostile toward antisocial

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