antidemocratic

adjective

an·​ti·​dem·​o·​crat·​ic
ˌan-tē-ˌde-mə-ˈkra-tik,
ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce antidemocratic (audio)
: opposed or hostile to the theories or policies of democracy

Examples of antidemocratic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Prabowo’s opponents argue that his record of military brutality and antidemocratic election denialism has merely been obscured by a smart campaign and that power would be dangerous in his hands. Ben Bland, Foreign Affairs, 13 Feb. 2024 Some argue that keeping Mr. Trump off the ballot is either antidemocratic or dangerous in our divided political climate. WSJ, 9 Jan. 2024 If the court’s legal reasoning is correct, obeying the rule of law produces an antidemocratic result. Charlie Savage, New York Times, 22 Dec. 2023 Efforts by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s far-right government to ram through antidemocratic reforms had provoked the largest and most sustained protests the country had ever seen. Yohanan Plesner, Foreign Affairs, 19 Dec. 2023 The incipient war has had a unifying effect on Israeli society, which had been racked by protests against what critics call the increasingly right-wing and antidemocratic turn of prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s government. Irina Ivanova, Fortune, 10 Oct. 2023 Democrats should not get in the way of that by pushing what certainly will appear like an antidemocratic maneuver — which has been Trump’s MO in recent years — to Republicans and maybe some fence-sitting independents. Michael Smolens, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Sep. 2023 The antidemocratic and violent forces unleashed that day have not faded away. Lawrence Norden, Foreign Affairs, 29 Mar. 2023 Who prevails — the U.S. and the international community, or antidemocratic forces inside Guatemala — remains to be seen. Tracy Wilkinson, Los Angeles Times, 17 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1791, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of antidemocratic was in 1791

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“Antidemocratic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/antidemocratic. Accessed 3 Mar. 2024.

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