an·​ti-West·​ern ˌan-tē-ˈwe-stərn How to pronounce anti-Western (audio)
variants or less commonly anti-West
ˌan-tē-ˈwest How to pronounce anti-Western (audio)
: opposed to or hostile toward Western countries
anti-Western terrorists
anti-Western sentiment
… triggered an outpouring of anti-Western and anti-American feeling in Africa and at the United Nations.Jennifer Seymour Whitaker
… at moments during the film, I felt I was back there again, amid the anti-West slogans; the massive anti-American demonstrations in front of the U.S. embassy.Bernard Kalb

Examples of anti-Western in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Xi is actively recruiting countries to adopt this anti-Western vision, which is the impetus behind the BRICS expansion and joint efforts with Brazil, Russia, and others to try to reduce the global influence of the U.S. dollar. Evan S. Medeiros, Foreign Affairs, 23 Apr. 2024 But the monumental scale of destruction in Gaza has breathed new life into Tehran’s anti-Western and anti-Israeli invective. Suzanne Maloney, Foreign Affairs, 8 Apr. 2024 More recently, coups in Burkina Faso in 2022 and Niger last year have come amid growing anti-Western sentiment. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2024 Now, these juntas have taken steps to wrap themselves in anti-Western rhetoric and have taken preliminary steps to rid themselves of the vestiges of their colonial past. Daniel Markind, Forbes, 21 Feb. 2024 Recommended Safety West Bank settler extremists widen campaign against Palestinians The pace of anti-Western measures has intensified amid Russia’s war in Ukraine, which the Kremlin has convinced most Russians is a struggle for survival against a West united in its hostility. Fred Weir, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, anti-Western juntas in Mali and Niger have compelled the United States and France to scale back their security presence. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, 24 Jan. 2024 All three consistently reinforce one another’s anti-American and anti-Western agendas. Daniel Twining, National Review, 23 Jan. 2024 Axis leaders welcome confrontation with the West at a time when these anti-Western ideas are gaining newfound attention. Narges Bajoghli, Foreign Affairs, 17 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1933, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-Western was in 1933

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“Anti-Western.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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