ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-sex (audio)
variants or anti-sexual
ˌan-tē-ˈsek-sh(ə-)wəl How to pronounce anti-sex (audio)
or less commonly antisex or antisexual
: characterized by or expressing opposition to or disapproval of sex or sexuality
anti-sex attitudes
an anti-sex culture
anti-sexuality noun
or less commonly antisexuality
… there was repressive antisexuality. Prudery and modesty were the norm and supposedly were necessary to preserve the virtue and innocence of women and children. Ruth B. Weg

Word History

First Known Use

1842, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-sex was in 1842

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Cite this Entry

“Anti-sex.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


an·​ti·​sex ˌan-tī-ˈseks How to pronounce antisex (audio)
variants or antisexual
: antagonistic toward sex
especially : tending to reduce or eliminate the sex drive or sexual activity
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