an·​ti-re·​li·​gious ˌan-tē-ri-ˈli-jəs How to pronounce anti-religious (audio)
: opposing or hostile to religion or to the power and influence of organized religion
an anti-religious bias
… an unfinished forum for religious, anti-religious and political orators …George Bernard Shaw

Examples of anti-religious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite composing just 2 percent of the population, Jews have consistently been victims of a majority of the anti-religious hate crimes since the FBI began publishing data in the 1990s. The Editors, National Review, 31 Oct. 2023 The spiritual nature of the phrase has for decades inspired legal action from some anti-religious activists who claim its official use by the U.S. infringes against citizens with different beliefs. Fox News, 3 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1711, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-religious was in 1711

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“Anti-religious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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