Definition of anti in English:



  • Opposed to; against.

    ‘I'm anti the abuse of drink and the hassle that it causes’
    • ‘In 2005, she stated publicly that she wouldn't ‘be seen dead there’ and has been anti any contact with that country.’
    • ‘We're very anti people being passed on methadone.’
    • ‘Some people are very anti the internet and thinks it stops children reading.’
    • ‘But we're really anti the rock star thing.’
    • ‘You're not anti the pharmaceutical industry, are you?’
    opposed to, in opposition to, hostile to, averse to, antagonistic towards, inimical to, unsympathetic to, resistant to, at odds with, in disagreement with, contra
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  • [predicative] Opposed.

    ‘the local councils are anti’
    • ‘Too often this debate is polarised into pro and anti camps, and this book does not help in this regard.’
    • ‘It's almost like the worst moments of the pro / anti debate replayed in microcosm.’
    • ‘But even in January 1975 the anti campaign still had an 8% edge.’
    • ‘Lots of talk about auditing at the pro page, and the anti page had talk about some man that took over the world 75 million years ago?’
    • ‘I do not want this government wasting parliament time on what is an unimportant issue, and if the anti brigade stopped their demos maybe we should have enough police on the streets to deal with the human vermin.’
    • ‘I thought the debate went from the pro argument to the anti argument.’
    • ‘The report was compiled by a wide spectrum of scientists from both pro and anti lobby groups and was chaired by the government's chief scientist.’
    • ‘The prospect of war has roused strong passions, drawing politicians and public figures into pro and anti positions.’
    • ‘This possibility has seemed so absurd, given the opinion polls, the press and the well-financed and efficiently organised anti campaign, that it has hardly seemed worth raising.’
    • ‘Helen is frankly public in her dislike of it, though Raenette's vote against the law in parliament means she is still the poster-child for the anti brigade.’
    hostile, opposed, antagonistic, averse, ill-disposed, unsympathetic
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  • A person opposed to a particular policy, activity, or idea.

    ‘the threat to field sports from the antis is a serious one’
    • ‘But I've read the stories in the Evening Press, and watched the letters come and go, and now the antis have my vote.’
    • ‘‘It is always attractive to go for a compromise, but the truth of the matter is the antis are not going to rest if the Prime Minister goes for the Middle Way,’ he said.’
    • ‘He is a country dweller but a keen supporter of the antis.’
    • ‘There may well be some antis and they're perfectly entitled to come and let their opinions be known as long as they don't break any laws.’
    • ‘But sometimes the wilful refusal of the antis to acknowledge the evidence astonishes even me.’
    • ‘Then as now the antis are more divided than the centrists who dominate the Yes camp.’
    • ‘If there is evidence of moral cowardice and a lack of conviction among the pro-war lobby, however, it is more than matched among the antis.’
    • ‘The antis think they've won and we carry on hunting within the law and we think we've won.’
    • ‘The 59 per cent is rather flattering to the antis.’
    • ‘I think it's more likely that the inevitable setbacks will increase popular determination to see the war through, and that many will blame the antis for encouraging and even aiding our enemies.’
    • ‘You know that if you are working within the regulations, you are doing it right, no matter what the antis accuse you of’.’
    • ‘The antis were out in force again, braying, hooting obscenities around the building.’
    • ‘It seems that, as is usually the case, the antis have the louder voice in the current debate.’
    • ‘We weren't in the right place at the right time except on one occasion when a hunt thug got a cut off walking stick with a great knuckle on the end and started going towards some antis.’
    • ‘I think it's just used because ‘selfish’ is the worst thing the antis can call something.’
    • ‘From defiant defence to absolute antis, they were all there fighting their corner and throwing in their twopence worth as the saying goes.’
    • ‘How many degrees then separate us from all the antis out there?’
    • ‘Or are they to give the benefit of the doubt to the antis, and preserve the status quo?’
    • ‘I don't think there were many antis and I think it would be ideal to use that area if we can pull it off.’
    • ‘What we got instead was a supporting commentary designed to cause as little offence as possible to antis.’


Late 18th century (as a noun): independent usage of anti-.