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.



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

But realistically, the whole thing would have turned into a fiasco that was neither effective as an anti-Kavanaugh tactic nor as part of the larger ongoing project of trying to galvanize women’s anger into concrete electoral action. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The Kavanaugh assault allegations are a reminder that Democrats were smart to push Al Franken out," 18 Sep. 2018 Cagliari's Brazilian midfielder Joao Pedro has been suspended after failing two drug tests, Italy's anti-doping agency announced on Friday. Afp,, "Cagliari mid Joao Pedro tests positive in two doping tests," 9 Mar. 2018 The tank can fire both high-velocity armor-piercing ammunition and breech-loaded anti-tank guided missiles. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "What You Need to Know About China's New Tank," 2 Jan. 2019 Walmart could use this tech as an anti-theft solution to find out if number of items in a transaction and number of bags used checks out. Stefan Etienne, The Verge, "Walmart secured a patent to eavesdrop on shoppers and employees," 21 Dec. 2018 The idea of gambling in the state has been controversial for decades; in fact, anti-casino activists were able to gather enough signatures to get a question back on the November 2014 ballot that would have outlawed casinos once more. Andrea Bennett, Condé Nast Traveler, "Will New Casinos Bring a "MassVegas" to New England?," 17 Dec. 2018 Bill Campbell's Ash is extra hammy as the obnoxious chainsaw-for-a-hand anti-hero battling demons while stuck in King Arthur’s court. Joyce Bautista Ferrari, Marie Claire, "The Best Horror Movies That Aren't Too Scary," 29 Oct. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

The idea of the ERA has survived multiple attempts to kill it dead, the most memorable of which was a national campaign led by the highly effective political organizer and anti-feminist lawyer Phyllis Schlafly, in the 1970s. Chloe Angyal, Marie Claire, "Kamala Harris Says It’s Time To Make Women Full Citizens At Last," 27 Feb. 2019 When Mollie Tibbetts was killed, Republican leaders in the House were quick to share posts using the tragedy to promote anti-immigration policies. Alyssa Milano, Harper's BAZAAR, "Republicans Are Waging War on Women—and Two Women Can Stop Them," 20 Sep. 2018 The clutch action was nice and light, yet positive, and the engine's stop-start system also provides an anti-stall function that should save the novice any embarrassing moments. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Audi A4 versus the Audi S5 reviewed—sometimes less is more," 29 Nov. 2018 The hyaluronic [shown] and super anti-aging serums. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, "3 Skincare Experts on Their Favorite Things," 23 Aug. 2018 But compared to other singing competition shows — America's Got Talent promises $1,000,000, while The Voice gives winners $100,000 cash prize and a record contract — doesn't the prize seem a bit, well, anti-climatic? Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "T-Pain's 'Masked Singer' Winner Prize Is a Little Disappointing," 28 Feb. 2019 Meanwhile, everyone knows that whoever wins the nomination is destined to inherit an anti-Trump resistance movement that’s already large and well-organized and demonstrated its enormous grassroots fundraising potential in the 2018 midterms. Matthew Yglesias, Vox, "The comically large 2020 Democratic field, explained," 17 Dec. 2018 So Shirley, a women’s economic development expert, started a local chapter of Indivisible, an anti-Trump resistance group, and began organizing protests and rallies. Rebecca Nelson, Marie Claire, "Party Crashers: These Female Candidates Are Shaking Up The Midterms," 2 Nov. 2018 While Obama has been somewhat indirect in his public criticism of the sitting president, Waters has been especially vocal with anti-Trump sentiments. Emily Bloch, Teen Vogue, "Every Democrat Targeted With Potential Explosive Devices Has Beef With Trump," 24 Oct. 2018

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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




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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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