anti-state

adjective

an·​ti-state
ˌan-tē-ˈstāt,
ˌan-tī- How to pronounce anti-state (audio)
variants or less commonly antistate
: characterized by or expressing opposition to or hostility toward a state
[North Korea] is holding at least two Americans and one Canadian for alleged espionage, subversion and other anti-state activities.Associated Press

Examples of anti-state in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Now, questioning government policy is not just forbidden; it is viewed as an anti-state act. Andrei Kolesnikov, Foreign Affairs, 22 Aug. 2023 In recent years, some American civilians have been arrested in North Korea on allegations of espionage, subversion and other anti-state acts, but were released after the U.S. sent high-profile missions to secure their freedom. Claire Reid, USA TODAY, 17 Aug. 2023 They were later convicted of espionage, subversion and other anti-state acts, but were often released after the U.S. sent high-profile missions to secure their freedom. Hyung-Jin Kim, Kim Tong-Hyung and Tara Copp, Anchorage Daily News, 18 July 2023 YouTube also blocked access from Vietnam to about 1,500 clips having anti-state content in March 2022, the report said. Nguyen Xuan Quynh, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Apr. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1865, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-state was in 1865

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“Anti-state.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-state. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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