an·​ti | \ ˈan-ˌtī , ˈan-tē \
plural antis

Definition of anti

 (Entry 1 of 4)

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



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.


\ 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


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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pakistan's biggest sports celebrity, cricket star Imran Khan, is riding an anti-corruption theme and a groundswell of support from young people in a strong bid to become the country's next prime minister this month. Abdul Salam, USA TODAY, "A cricket star is the front-runner to become Pakistan's next prime minister," 9 July 2018 But the investigation continued, staining Anaya’s image as an anti-corruption crusader., "Mexican voters going to the polls in historic elections that have been marred by vote-buying and violence," 1 July 2018 Lopez Obrador has campaigned as the anti-corruption candidate and has promised to divert funds that in the past were lost to corruption into development and social programs. Joshua Partlow, Washington Post, "‘You can’t appease tyrants and bullies’: Mexican candidates take hard line on Trump," 21 May 2018 Alvarado, 43, cast himself as an anti-corruption crusader. Joshua Partlow,, "Presidential race in Costa Rica may hinge on same-sex marriage," 1 Apr. 2018 The plan to restrict nicotine in cigarettes is only part of a broader anti-smoking push outlined by Gottlieb. CBS News, "FDA begins push to drastically cut nicotine in cigarettes," 15 Mar. 2018 The excessive force lawsuit against the Phoenix Police Department says police didn’t try to remove a few problematic anti-Trump protesters and instead acted violently toward a large number of peaceful demonstrators. Jacques Billeaud, The Seattle Times, "Lawsuit filed over protest outside Trump rally in Phoenix," 4 Sep. 2018 In recent months, the 53-year-old commander has launched an anti-corruption unit and introduced plans for random integrity and polygraph testing. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Baltimore police commissioner admits he failed to file taxes in wake of federal charges," 2 Oct. 2018 Among the first acts of Emmanuel Macron after becoming president of France a year ago was to pass another anti-corruption law aimed at politicians and officials. The Economist, "European firms are increasingly tackling the scourge of bribery," 26 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Concerns about anti-Semitism mounted after the previous weekend’s protests. Matthew Dalton, WSJ, "‘Spreading Like a Poison’: Anti-Semitic Acts Increase in France," 17 Feb. 2019 But anti-Maduro street protests have come and gone, and large-scale military defections have failed to materialize. Scott Smith, The Seattle Times, "Venezuela’s crisis hits stand-still over emergency aid," 12 Feb. 2019 The drones could then coordinate an attack on radar sites, anti-aircraft missiles, command centers, and other potential targets, creating a safe zone for manned aircraft to pass through. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.K. Promises to Develop Drone Swarms, But on an Unrealistic Timetable," 12 Feb. 2019 But a Facebook moderation blunder and Republicans’ desire to cast the platform as an anti-conservative space has pushed them more into the limelight. Emily Stewart, Vox, "Diamond and Silk, Fox & Friends’ favorite black Trump supporters, explained," 5 Feb. 2019 What that means: an oil filled with antioxidants, vitamins, and anti-inflammatory properties will dissolve the occasionally pore-clogging oil produced by your face. Janell M. Hickman, Seventeen, "5 Life-Changing Skincare Tricks Women of Color Need To Know," 4 Feb. 2019 This is when the first anti-Tutsi massacres took place. Caterina Clerici & Eléonore Hamelin, Marie Claire, "Rwanda's Future Is Female," 1 Feb. 2019 If that doesn't seem to do the trick, talk to your vet about a prescription anti-nausea medication. Laurren Welch, Country Living, "Everything You Need to Know About Road-Tripping With Your Dog," 31 Jan. 2019 From high-fat keto to anti-inflammatory Whole 30, new eating plans — and books explaining the method behind their menus — seem to be popping up every week. Karla Walsh, Woman's Day, "Everything You Need to Know About the Dubrow Diet," 29 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of anti


1788, in the meaning defined above


1855, in the meaning defined above


1953, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for anti




see anti-


see anti-


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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English Language Learners Definition of anti

 (Entry 1 of 2)

informal : opposed to (something or someone)



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

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


\ 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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