antifa

noun an·ti·fa \ an-ˈtē-fə , ˈan-tē-ˌfä \
variants: also Antifa
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of antifa

1 : a person or group actively opposing fascism
  • The groups … prominently featured about 100 Christian ministers in clerical garb, angry Charlottesville residents, peace advocates, Black Lives Matter activists, and self-styled anti-fascists who call themselves "antifas" …
  • —Peter Weber
  • After the war, Antifas varied in size and composition across the former Reich, now divided into four zones of occupation, and developed in interaction with the local occupying power.
  • —Loren Balhorn
2 : an anti-fascist movement
  • Antifa is the backlash to the backlash, a defensive response to the growing presence of right-wing extremism.
  • —Todd Gitlin

antifa

adjective
    • antifa protesters

Origin and Etymology of antifa

borrowed from German Antifa, short for antifaschistisch "anti-fascist," in Antifaschistische Aktion (multiparty front initiated by the German Communist Party in 1932 to counter Nazism) and in other collocations


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