an·​ti-for·​eign ˌan-tē-ˈfȯr-ən How to pronounce anti-foreign (audio)
: opposed to or hostile toward foreigners
anti-foreign sentiments
A few years after that, anti-Catholic and anti-foreign feelings merged in a nativist crusade called the Know-Nothing movement.Bernard A. Weisberger

Examples of anti-foreign in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For Americans, the appeal of visiting China has dimmed under Mr. Xi, an authoritarian leader who has stoked anti-foreign sentiment. Vivian Wang, New York Times, 28 Nov. 2023 Demilitarizing those areas now would mean surrendering the CCP’s solemn mission to make China whole again and, consequently, diminishing its ability to use anti-foreign nationalism as a source of legitimacy. Michael Beckley, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 This kind of nationalism is often a mixture of utopianism and anti-foreign sentiment, elements shared by the movement that birthed the Chinese Communist Party. Ian Buruma, Harper's Magazine, 11 Jan. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1838, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-foreign was in 1838

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Cite this Entry

“Anti-foreign.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 2 Mar. 2024.

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