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(also antisemitism)
  • Hostility to or prejudice against Jewish people.

    ‘he is a leader in the fight against anti-Semitism’
    • ‘she condemned anti-Semitism in a message to the campus’
    • ‘Indeed, I am sure she would not hesitate a minute in condemning both racism and anti-Semitism in the highest terms.’
    • ‘In Europe in the nineteenth century this religious anti-Semitism turned racial.’
    • ‘Classical anti-Semitism denies the equal right of Jews as citizens within society.’
    • ‘I would have sworn in court that they had not a bone of racism or anti-Semitism in their bodies.’
    • ‘It was a struggle for truth and for memory and a fight against those who sow the seeds of racism and anti-Semitism.’
    • ‘Last week, The Peak attempted to tackle the issue of anti-Semitism on campus.’
    • ‘Do you agree that anti-Semitism is a growing problem in Europe and what do you see as the best course of action against it?’
    • ‘He formally recognised the state of Israel and made a momentous apology for the sin of anti-Semitism.’
    • ‘The Echo material rammed home the insidiousness and pervasiveness of anti-Semitism.’
    • ‘He has said his encounters with anti-Semitism in his youth influenced him in becoming a dramatist.’
    • ‘Since then, the Chirac government has made the crackdown on anti-Semitism a top priority.’
    • ‘So we have a duty to expose and confront anti-Semitism, wherever it is found.’
    • ‘My point is that the reason anti-Semitism was so hard to fight is that it had no concrete basis.’
    • ‘It has a particular salience since he was sometimes suspected of anti-Semitism.’
    • ‘She concluded with a pledge to continue fighting against anti-Semitism and fascism.’
    • ‘He probably experienced more difficulty with the enduring charge of anti-Semitism, however.’
    • ‘Our perspective on fascism and anti-Semitism has changed radically since the 1930s.’
    • ‘In a way I felt there was a touch of anti-Semitism about it because my background is not something I can change.’
    • ‘He had gone to a secondary modern and never experienced any anti-Semitism, not even the smallest joke.’
    • ‘My concern is this undercurrent because it is much more dangerous than the overt acts of anti-Semitism.’
    prejudice, partiality, partisanship, favouritism, unfairness, one-sidedness



/ˌanˌtīˈseməˌtizəm/ /ˌænˌtaɪˈsɛməˌtɪzəm/ /ˌan(t)ēˈseməˌtizəm/ /ˌæn(t)iˈsɛməˌtɪzəm/


Late 19th century from anti- + Semite + -ism.