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

The former governor of Massachusetts and 2016 vice presidential candidate for the libertarian ticket represents a Hail Mary pass for anti-Trump... Alex Leary, WSJ, "In Weld’s Challenge, a Long-Shot Bid for a GOP Without Trump," 16 Apr. 2019 Of course, Ari is no stranger to nail art, having rocked an iconic anti-Valentine’s Day mani back in February. De Elizabeth, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande and Kendall Jenner Among Those Trying the Cow Print Nail Art Trend," 24 Mar. 2019 After years of anti-depressants, morphine patches, and other prescriptions, Dubliner Kevin Lappin transitioned to a vegan, anti-inflammatory diet to cope with fibromyalgia—and hasn’t looked back since. Todd Plummer, Vogue, "There’s a Fresh Crop of Vegan Restaurants in Dublin," 15 Mar. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Put your most active anti-aging products on at night for optimum absorption and try sleeping with a silk pillow or eye mask for maximum effectiveness. Diana Nguyen, Harper's BAZAAR, "7 Things You Should Be Doing for a Flawless Complexion," 3 May 2019 Apply a thin layer of Augustinus Bader's cult rich cream, which combines over 30 years of stem cell research with a super hydrating and anti-aging formula, and slip on a sheet mask, like Czech's favorite: 111 Skin's Bio Cellulose Treatment Mask. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "The 3-Step, Celebrity Approved Facial Treatment You Can Do at Home," 30 Apr. 2019 This seems like the high-water mark of anti-immigration. Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: ‘Dear America’ author Jose Antonio Vargas on Recode Decode," 24 Nov. 2018 Police say at least 4,854 suspects have been killed in the anti-drug campaign since Duterte took office, with more than 155,000 others arrested in the unprecedented crackdown that has alarmed Western governments and U.N. groups. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Critics say Duterte admitted illegal killings, aides say no," 28 Sep. 2018 The former two also act as anti-inflammatories, which can help take down inflamed skin that feels warm to the touch. Elizabeth Denton, Allure, "Ouai's After Sun Foam Is Here to Soothe Your Skin This Summer," 24 Apr. 2019 Microsoft has been working with anti-cheat software vendors like BattlEye to correct the issue before the May 2019 Update’s final release. Brad Chacos, PCWorld, "The latest Windows patch is breaking even more PCs with antivirus installed," 19 Apr. 2019 Mi-26s were used during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s, supporting anti-guerrilla operations and resupplying Red Army forces in the field. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Russia Is Still Selling the World’s Largest Helicopter, 40 Years After First Flight," 16 Apr. 2019 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

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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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