an·​ti·​dem·​o·​crat·​ic | \ ˌan-tē-ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik How to pronounce antidemocratic (audio) , ˌan-ˌtī-\

Definition of antidemocratic

: opposed or hostile to the theories or policies of democracy

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Facing the prevailing antidemocratic winds of the present moment, that alone is cause for optimism. Tom Ball, The New Republic, "How to Stage a Successful Revolution," 1 July 2019 Its very orderliness, unrevolutionary nature seems to have won the Velvet Revolution a solid chance of sustaining its success and building a fortress of democracy in a region dominated by antidemocratic regimes. Tom Ball, The New Republic, "How to Stage a Successful Revolution," 1 July 2019 The result has been a rise in both antidemocratic and anti-European political parties all across the continent, from the UK, France, and Germany to Hungary, Poland, and Estonia. Anne Applebaum, The New York Review of Books, "The Lure of Western Europe," 6 June 2019 But early this year, Britons believed by 47 percent to 39 percent that a second referendum was antidemocratic. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019 That has helped to fuel populist parties on both the right and the left, some of which are profoundly antidemocratic and xenophobic. Margaret Macmillan, WSJ, "1989: The Year of Unfulfilled Hopes," 28 Dec. 2018 Finding a voice to counter that antidemocratic rhetoric is proving surprisingly hard, so far. James Stavridis, Time, "Democracy Isn't Perfect, But It Will Still Prevail," 12 July 2018 Although these antidemocratic impulses have sometimes infected conventional partisan politics, for the most part national parties and politicians have kept them at bay. Sean Wilentz, New York Times, "A Battle for the ‘Soul of America’? It’s as Old as America, One Historian Notes," 21 May 2018 But even when turning a blind eye, presidents from both parties have historically chosen their words carefully to avoid endorsing or legitimizing, to the extent possible, antidemocratic actions. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: A tale of two elections," 22 May 2018

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1791, in the meaning defined above

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