Definition of anti in US English:



  • Opposed to; against.

    ‘I'm anti the abuse of drink and the hassle that it causes’
    • ‘Some people are very anti the internet and thinks it stops children reading.’
    • ‘You're not anti the pharmaceutical industry, are you?’
    • ‘But we're really anti the rock star thing.’
    • ‘We're very anti people being passed on methadone.’
    • ‘In 2005, she stated publicly that she wouldn't ‘be seen dead there’ and has been anti any contact with that country.’
    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.

    ‘neither side in the debate, whether anti or pro, has offered a particularly convincing case’
    • ‘It's almost like the worst moments of the pro / anti debate replayed in microcosm.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Too often this debate is polarised into pro and anti camps, and this book does not help in this regard.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But even in January 1975 the anti campaign still had an 8% edge.’
    • ‘I thought the debate went from the pro argument to the anti argument.’
    hostile, opposed, antagonistic, averse, ill-disposed, unsympathetic
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  • A person opposed to a particular policy, activity, or idea.

    ‘a shadow army of antis who endanger your sport’
    • ‘The antis think they've won and we carry on hunting within the law and we think we've won.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘From defiant defence to absolute antis, they were all there fighting their corner and throwing in their twopence worth as the saying goes.’
    • ‘It seems that, as is usually the case, the antis have the louder voice in the current debate.’
    • ‘How many degrees then separate us from all the antis out there?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The 59 per cent is rather flattering to the antis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I've read the stories in the Evening Press, and watched the letters come and go, and now the antis have my vote.’
    • ‘I think it's just used because ‘selfish’ is the worst thing the antis can call something.’
    • ‘What we got instead was a supporting commentary designed to cause as little offence as possible to antis.’
    • ‘But sometimes the wilful refusal of the antis to acknowledge the evidence astonishes even me.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Or are they to give the benefit of the doubt to the antis, and preserve the status quo?’
    • ‘‘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.’
    • ‘Then as now the antis are more divided than the centrists who dominate the Yes camp.’


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