ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce anti-vax (audio)
variants or less commonly antivax
: anti-vaccination
Aggressive anti-vax campaigns claiming that vaccines are unsafe and can lead to autism—a theory long disproven—drive much of the vaccine hesitancy worldwide.Lily Hyde
The governor, who works hard to straddle the line between being antivax and merely being the friend of the anti-vaxxers, didn't mention the word "vaccine" in his address …News-Journal (Daytona Beach, Florida)

Examples of anti-vax in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This phenomenon exploded during the pandemic, when anti-vax sentiment took hold in large parts of the wellness community. Laura Paddison, CNN, 4 Feb. 2024 That included a boycott of Spotify by several music artists including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell in early 2022 over Rogan’s anti-vax episodes. Todd Spangler, Variety, 2 Feb. 2024 In 2022, several musicians including Neil Young and Joni Mitchell called for a boycott of Spotify over the podcaster’s anti-vax comments and pulled their music from the platform. Charisma Madarang, Rolling Stone, 2 Feb. 2024 Fear of the Covid-19 vaccine has spurred anti-vax sentiments across the country and conspiracy theories are likely to blame for much of the resistance to the shot, NPR reported. Mary Whitfill Roeloffs, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 The play’s style is dated, but the issues are evergreen in anti-vax America. Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times, 7 Nov. 2023 Nevertheless, Wakefield’s paper promoted an almost immediate plummet in MMR childhood vaccinations in Britain and its claim remains central to the anti-vax movement to this day — a movement that continues to lionize Wakefield, who now lives in the U.S., as a truth-teller. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 20 Oct. 2023 Partisans will look to see where the authors come down on the great public health debates of the last four years: Lockdown or not; masks or no masks; vaccine or anti-vax. Alan Murray, Fortune, 16 Oct. 2023 That’s an interesting analogy because the far right and the anti-vax movement have compared COVID vaccination efforts to the Nazis’ treatment of Jewish people during the Holocaust. Tanya Lewis, Scientific American, 5 Oct. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1898, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of anti-vax was in 1898

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“Anti-vax.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

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