an·​ti-ur·​ban ˌan-tē-ˈər-bən How to pronounce anti-urban (audio)
variants or less commonly antiurban
: opposed to or hostile toward cities in general
anti-urban bias/sentiment
The violent hostility of Renamo toward such symbols of modernity as schools, hospitals, and machinery feeds the idea that the movement is traditionalist, or simply anti-urban.William Finnegan

Examples of anti-urban in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Unemployment was high, schools were underfunded, and the political climate in the state was intensely anti-urban. Wendy S. Walters, Harper's BAZAAR, 11 July 2023 Trump’s ramblings, like the bizarre spectacle of anti-urban protests in densely populated areas of Oxford and London, are the cartoonish, meme-brain side of a decades-long and well-funded campaign to bring actual transit and housing policies to a dead stop. Curbed, 9 Mar. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1888, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-urban was in 1888

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Cite this Entry

“Anti-urban.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 May. 2024.

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