anti-Semitism

noun

an·​ti-Sem·​i·​tism
ˌan-tē-ˈse-mə-ˌti-zəm,
ˌan-ˌtī- How to pronounce anti-Semitism (audio)
variants or less commonly antisemitism
: hostility toward or discrimination against Jews as a religious, ethnic, or racial group

Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of anti-Semitism was in 1880

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“Anti-Semitism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/anti-Semitism. Accessed 27 Jan. 2023.

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