ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-Semite (audio)
 especially British  -ˈsē-ˌmīt
: a person who has a hostile, prejudiced attitude toward Jews : an anti-Semitic person
The anti-Semites of his day insisted that Disraeli was bogus in every respect but his identification with Jews and Judaism.Anthony Julius

Examples of anti-Semite in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web So, that’s going to be a surprise for the people who called me anti-Semite. Mikey O'Connell, The Hollywood Reporter, 13 Mar. 2024 As the saying goes, a philo-Semite is an anti-Semite who likes Jews. Judith Shulevitz, The Atlantic, 30 Jan. 2024 In general anti-Semites have anti-Jewish attitudes in regards to the religion, but the inverse is not always so. Razib Khan, Discover Magazine, 22 Apr. 2010 To break the suspense: Eliade was an anti-Semite and a full member of the Iron Guard. Dan Piepenbring, Harper's Magazine, 15 Nov. 2023 And now some politicians claim to have found the answer: Deport the anti-Semites. Joseph C. Sternberg, WSJ, 9 Nov. 2023 Friends, relatives, and Isaacson himself constantly remind us of Musk’s struggle not to become like the vicious anti-Semite, grifter, and step-daughter-impregnator Errol Musk. WIRED, 15 Sep. 2023 Remini’s complaints are like an anti-Semite complaining about the Jewish Anti-Defamation League for exposing the anti-Semite’s bigotry and propaganda. People Staff, Peoplemag, 3 Aug. 2023 His collapse on the Jewish holiday of Purim—when Jews celebrate their escape from the notorious anti-Semite Haman, as recounted in the Book of Esther—ended the episode. Joshua Rubenstein, WSJ, 3 Mar. 2023

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Word History


borrowed from German Antisemit, from anti- anti- + Semit semite

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-Semite was in 1880

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Cite this Entry

“Anti-Semite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 May. 2024.

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