an·​ti-French ˌan-tē-ˈfrench How to pronounce anti-French (audio)
: opposed to or hostile toward French people, policies, or culture
anti-French sentiments
anti-French protests

Examples of anti-French in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In America, the rise of anti-French sentiment during the early years of the Iraq War led to a marked decline in French first names—but there was no discernible impact on middle names. Michael Waters, The Atlantic, 28 Mar. 2024 The many historical anomalies in the movie—which are bound to be there—are viewed with his suspicious eye as part of a pattern of anti-French sentiment. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 30 Nov. 2023 But the coup leaders, buoyed by a wave of anti-French sentiment sweeping France’s former West African colonies, are increasingly isolated from their onetime allies. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, 30 Oct. 2023 In Mali, anti-French signs were waved regularly at demonstrations. Sarah Dadouch, Washington Post, 25 Sep. 2023 But the new rulers are capitalizing on the anti-French sentiment running though the capital, as well as widespread nostalgia for previous military rulers. Elian Peltier, New York Times, 18 Sep. 2023 This shift in African political consciousness, largely driven by the continent’s youthful demographic, is propelling the anti-French sentiment. Stephanie Busari, CNN, 1 Sep. 2023 Raised by Protestant parents who were anti-Catholic and anti-French, Mr. Spicer began his professional career as a political science professor before being drafted by two prime ministers into ombudsman’s jobs that more risk-averse Canadians might have rejected. Sam Roberts,, 1 Sep. 2023 But the firm also noted the prevalence of a strikingly anti-French attitude in Gabon across all age groups, with the exception of the country’s pro-Paris upper class. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 1 Sep. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1743, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anti-French was in 1743

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“Anti-French.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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