Definition of anti-establishment in English:



  • Against the establishment or established authority.

    ‘they are anti-establishment and eccentric, with a wilful disregard for convention’
    • ‘It's one between establishment and anti-establishment factions.’
    • ‘The works on display ranged from journalistic and documentary work to alternative and anti-establishment fine-art practices.’
    • ‘Essential to being anti-establishment is having a very clear understanding of the establishment itself.’
    • ‘A mixture of anger, anti-establishment irreverence and workers' solidarity is documented by the 145 banners collected by the City of Edinburgh.’
    • ‘Without them even knowing, the anti-establishment was rapidly becoming the establishment.’
    • ‘Almost all of them were at pains to make clear, though, that they'd been drummed out in short order, because they were either too cool for campfires or too anti-establishment for the uniform.’
    • ‘But I am surprised, I must admit, that a lot of anti-establishment types seemingly want to join the establishment.’
    • ‘Christine Tamblyn characterized DeMichiel as an example of an anti-establishment deconstructionist and as a collagist.’
    • ‘Just at the point when it can start to claim establishment credentials, it faces an anti-establishment mood among the electorate.’
    • ‘This episode deals with the psychiatry of the Sixties, the rejection of Freud and the growth of the anti-establishment, which might sound worthy until I tell you this story.’
    • ‘I have noticed that for some people it is more important to be anti-establishment… or be a maverick… or be a Jim Morrison than to do what they want.’
    • ‘Especially a musician who has had a consistently anti-establishment message for the past 20 years and has probably only made enough to live?’
    • ‘A small group of recreation advocates are working at establishing an Iqaluit fitness society and anti-establishment gym.’
    • ‘Some worry that none of the contenders can stop Dean's anti-establishment candidacy, prompting speculation that high-profile alternatives may join the race.’
    • ‘That old argument also resurfaces - is it possible to be anti-establishment when you're part of the damn establishment to start with?’
    • ‘These clerics often sided with the state and received some type of annuity, while clerics at the bottom of the religious hierarchy espoused anti-establishment sentiment.’
    • ‘But that very same appeal was anti-establishment, and that's why among many Arab officials, he was seen as a dangerous man.’
    • ‘She said Kabbalah is ‘incredibly punk rock’ and anti-establishment.’
    • ‘The transgressive character of the prose poem emerges here as a natural expression of the Language poets' anti-establishment impulse.’
    • ‘Its writers are clearly anti-establishment and spare no one, whether they are powerful political figures, prima donna actresses or influential actors.’