an·​ti·​es·​tab·​lish·​ment | \ ˌan-tē-i-ˈsta-blish-mənt How to pronounce antiestablishment (audio) , ˌan-tī-\

Definition of antiestablishment

: opposed or hostile to the social, economic, and political principles of a ruling class (as of a nation) : opposed to the establishment The first is the effect of the antiestablishment protests of the 1960s and early 1970s in making people aware of the potential of mass action.— Daniel Nelson

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The antiestablishment mood that displayed itself in 2016 with Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president and the U.K.’s referendum vote to leave the European Union continued to shake up the political order on both sides of the Atlantic in 2018. WSJ, "Year of Living Dangerously With Friends and Foes," 17 Dec. 2018 Also weighing on yields were concerns about plans by the antiestablishment government in Italy to boost fiscal spending by increasing borrowing to fund a larger budget deficit. Daniel Kruger, WSJ, "U.S. Government Bonds Rally as Global Stocks Fall," 23 Oct. 2018 Quickly rising to become part of London fashion’s antiestablishment establishment, his 1995 London Fashion Week show received the ultimate Establishment hat tip: It was attended by Diana, Princess of Wales. Luke Leitch, Vogue, "Joe Casely-Hayford, the British Fashion Designer, Dies at 62," 3 Jan. 2019 At the extremes of the political spectrum, antiestablishment parties on the far right and far left are expected to gain at least a third of seats in the new European Parliament, according to Poll of Polls, an EU opinion polls aggregator. Valentina Pop, WSJ, "Europe’s Center-Right Parties Face Threats on Continental Stage," 8 Nov. 2018 Tensions flared between European capitals last week when Italy’s new antiestablishment government refused to take in a boat of migrants stranded in the Mediterranean. Andrea Thomas, WSJ, "Merkel and Macron Unite on Europe’s Future," 19 June 2018 His antiestablishment message has galvanized youth voters upset over corruption and income inequality. Christine Armario And Joshua Goodman,, "Conservative tops Colombia presidential vote but runoff needed," 28 May 2018 On Monday, as the two antiestablishment parties protested his decision, Mr. Mattarella picked an International Monetary Fund veteran, Carlo Cottarelli, as prime minister-designate... Tory Newmyer, Washington Post, "The Finance 202: Trump risks repeating Bush controversy with ZTE deal," 29 May 2018 The re-emergence of political risk in Italy thanks to the formation of an antiestablishment government risks resurrecting bad memories of the eurozone crisis, when contagion spread across the continent. Richard Barley, WSJ, "Italian Bonds: Out in the Cold," 18 May 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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