anti-colonial

adjective

an·​ti-co·​lo·​nial
ˌan-tē-kə-ˈlō-nē-əl,
-nyəl,
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-colonial (audio)
variants or less commonly anticolonial
: opposed to colonial rule of one country by another : opposing or resisting colonialism
anti-colonial movements
anti-colonialism
ˌan-tē-kə-ˈlō-nē-ə-ˌli-zəm
-nyə-ˌli-
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-colonial (audio)
adjective
or less commonly anticolonialism
supporters of anti-colonialism

Examples of anti-colonial in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web During anti-colonial revolts in the 19th century, many of the courtesans’ residences became hideout spots for Indian rebels. Astha Rajvanshi, TIME, 2 May 2024 The first anti-colonial freedom fighter in Malawi, John Chilembwe, was a Baptist minister. Mark Jenkins, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Apr. 2024 But their politics ultimately feed a worldview that’s inclusive, anti-colonial, and conscious of the ways that sectarianism has been used to break working-class solidarity. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 20 Feb. 2024 Basically, there is and was a nationalist project other than the anti-colonial one that began in 1925 with the foundation of the R.S.S., an organization which explicitly had a kind of Hindu majoritarianism at the center. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, 24 Jan. 2024 But Danielle Wood, a leading anti-colonial space intellectual, simply sees an African people seizing what’s entitled to them under space law through a commercial partnership. Khari Johnson, WIRED, 24 Jan. 2024 But the underlying intellectual paradigm of construing all human interactions as racial, and all history as colonial or anti-colonial, will have to give way to some new fashion, probably no more correct but, one hopes, less pernicious. Christian Schneider, National Review, 21 Dec. 2023 Fans labelled the orcas’ behavior as anti-colonial protest or anti-capitalist direct action, and pledged solidarity with the ocean’s saboteurs. Rachel Riederer, The New Yorker, 28 Dec. 2023 Some Ukrainian left-wing intellectuals have argued that Ukraine, which is fighting an anti-colonial war against an occupying power, should see its reflection in Palestine, not Israel. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 9 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-colonial was in 1810

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“Anti-colonial.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-colonial. Accessed 27 May. 2024.

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