an·​ti·​dem·​o·​crat·​ic | \ˌan-tē-ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik, ˌan-ˌtī-\

Definition of antidemocratic 

: opposed or hostile to the theories or policies of democracy

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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 That’s certainly bad, and potentially antidemocratic. Damon Linker, New York Times, "The Sickness of Our Time: Is It Populism or Fascism?," 1 Feb. 2018 Public-opinion polls, meanwhile, show a new tolerance for authoritarianism, and rising levels of antidemocratic and illiberal thinking. Erika Christakis, The Atlantic, "The War on Public Schools," 5 Sep. 2017 Authoritarian and antidemocratic movements were taking hold nearly everywhere from Portugal and Spain in the west to Greece and Russia in the east. Barton Swaim, Twin Cities, "Barton Swaim: Today’s populism isn’t fascism," 23 Feb. 2017 In Latin America, where revolutions, civil wars, and the region's never-ending search for freedom from authoritarian or antidemocratic forces never cease, many poets have been and are still considered rock stars— Sandra Guzman, NBC News, "Our Three-Hour Lunch With Acclaimed Cuban-Jewish Poet José Kozer," 11 May 2017 The latter suggests a profoundly antidemocratic sensibility, one that sees education as being about winnowing and selecting rather than providing something of value for everyone. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "What student standardized test-takers share with ejected airline passengers," 25 Apr. 2017

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1791, in the meaning defined above

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