an·​ti-sci·​ence ˌan-tē-ˈsī-ən(t)s How to pronounce anti-science (audio)
variants or less commonly antiscience
: a set or system of attitudes and beliefs that are opposed to or reject science and scientific methods and principles
And for a show even remotely about news—as well as a groundbreaking newswoman like Walters—to legitimize McCarthy's dangerous antiscience … is irresponsible and shameful.James Poniewozik
anti-science adjective
or less commonly antiscience
an anti-science bias
… many currents of irrational, anti-science, anti-intellectual feelings that arise partly from fears and partly from reaction to errors or arrogance among scientists. Edmund Fuller
anti-scientific adjective
or less commonly antiscientific
anti-scientific attitudes

Examples of anti-science in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet these efforts can be obscured by news coverage of the crisis that points to a growing anti-science movement and parents giving up on vaccination all across the land. Daniel Engber, The Atlantic, 12 Mar. 2024 An anti-science movement picked up pace as Republican and Democratic perspectives on science diverged during the pandemic. Amy Maxmen, CBS News, 18 Jan. 2024 The heart of his book is a call for government agencies and professional organizations to wage an aggressive battle against anti-vaccination and anti-science propaganda. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 The best defense against this anti-science offensive is to make sure that the correct message reaches a wide audience. Chris Mooney, Discover Magazine, 8 Nov. 2010 Even less of a surprise was the reaction of the resolutely anti-vax, anti-science Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 15 Sep. 2023 Antisemitism has also moved into the Republican Party mainstream, which also has a long history of anti-science policy-making. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 17 July 2023 And yet, the afterlife of all that initial attention was long and consequential, as anti-science grifters and conspiracy theorists continued to push the drug as a secret cure for covid-19 that scientists were covering up. Abby Ohlheiser, Washington Post, 23 Mar. 2023 For example, just look at how much anti-science, racist, sexist, and otherwise divisive rhetoric has been coming out of politicians' mouths in a verbal diarrhea type of way. Bruce Y. Lee, Forbes, 19 Feb. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-science was in 1899

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“Anti-science.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Apr. 2024.

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