an·​ti·​fa | \ an-ˈtē-fə How to pronounce antifa (audio) , ˈan-tē-ˌfä \
variants: or less commonly Antifa

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

Other Words from antifa

antifa adjective
antifa protesters

First Known Use of antifa

1946, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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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“Antifa.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Oct. 2021.

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