anti-Semitism

noun

an·​ti-Sem·​i·​tism
ˌan-tē-ˈse-mə-ˌti-zəm,
ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce anti-Semitism (audio)
variants or less commonly antisemitism
: hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group

Examples of anti-Semitism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In December, Republican Representative Elise Stefanik grilled Claudine Gay, the then-president of Harvard University, about anti-Semitism on campus. Yair Rosenberg, The Atlantic, 5 Feb. 2024 Gay, the school’s first Black president—and, for some critics, an avatar of the identity-politics bureaucracy on college campuses—had just flubbed testimony before Congress about anti-Semitism on campus. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, 4 Jan. 2024 When Gay resigned as Harvard’s president in what started as a dispute over handling anti-Semitism on campus and included plagiarism charges, DEI was the collateral damage. Peter Vanham, Fortune, 11 Jan. 2024 By the Thirties, European countries were increasingly roiled by class conflict and anti-Semitism, and after the Nazis came to power in Germany, more and more Labor Zionists began, after all, to focus on refuge—on the pathos of assimilation, and on Palestine as a safe haven. Jordan Castro, Harper's Magazine, 9 Jan. 2024 Gay received intense criticism last month for her answers to lawmakers over anti-Semitism on campus following the Oct. 7 attack by Hamas on Israel. Steve Mollman, Fortune, 4 Jan. 2024 The party of Franklin D. Roosevelt has an anti-Semitism problem. Daniel Henninger, WSJ, 1 Nov. 2023 India had little history of anti-Semitism: A smattering of tiny Jewish communities had prospered in the country for centuries without facing any form of persecution. Vaibhav Vats, The Atlantic, 26 Oct. 2023 But in Bavaria on Sunday, the AfD gained 14.6 percent of the vote, and the conservative Free Voters party, which was recently embroiled in an anti-Semitism scandal, garnered 15.8 percent. Liana Fix, Foreign Affairs, 10 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anti-Semitism was in 1880

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“Anti-Semitism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-Semitism. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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