ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-government (audio)
variants or antigovernment
: opposed to or hostile toward governments or a particular government : opposing or resisting governmental policies and power
anti-government attitudes
an antigovernment demonstration

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Cars and crowds gathered outside Dastgerd prison in the Iranian city of Isfahan on Sunday night, in the hopes that their demonstration could halt the execution of three men facing death on charges connected to the anti-government protests that began last year and swept the country. Miriam Berger, Washington Post, 17 May 2023 As the news of the arrest spread, Mr. Khan’s supporters started gathering in Lahore, chanting anti-government slogans. Munir Ahmed And Riazat Butt, The Christian Science Monitor, 9 May 2023 The re-entry comes with immediate effect, after Syria was suspended during a violent crackdown on anti-government protests. Caroline Faraj, CNN, 7 May 2023 Under Xi Jinping, Hong Kong has seen a fierce crackdown on pro-democracy activists and other challengers of his regime, prompting anti-government protests in recent years. Alexandra S. Levine, Forbes, 5 May 2023 His father, a soldier, went off to fight anti-government rebels in Uganda’s civil war and never returned. Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 The principal of the school told her that agents appeared to be looking for footage of parents, some of whom chanted anti-government slogans and argued with them. Babak Dehghanpisheh, Washington Post, 26 Apr. 2023 Despite having been branded by some of their detractors as anarchists and leftist traitors, the anti-government protesters have adopted patriotic props and symbols, re-appropriating the Israeli flag, long associated with right-wing activists, and singing the national anthem. Isabel Kershner, New York Times, 23 Apr. 2023 In 2009, Iván Simonovis senior was found guilty of killings that occurred during an anti-government rally in April 2002 and sentenced to 30 years in jail. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 21 Apr. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1772, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-government was in 1772

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“Anti-government.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 2023.

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