Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism.
  • n. Discrimination against Jews.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Prejudice, discrimination or hostility directed against Jews; anti-Jewism (anti-Jewishness).
  • n. Prejudice, discrimination or hostility directed against any other Semitic people (ancient or modern), such as Samaritans, Palestinians, Arabs or Assyrians; anti-Samaritanism, anti-Palestinianism, anti-Arabism, anti-Assyrianism.

Etymologies

From the German Antisemitismus, which was coined in 1879 by German political agitator Wilhelm Marr to replace Judenhass ("Jew-hatred") to make hatred of the Jews seem rational and sanctioned by scientific knowledge. The similar term antisemitisch ("anti-semitic") was first used in 1860, by Jewish scholar Moritz Steinschneider. See Wikipedia's article on the etymology and usage of the term. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Consider Wilhelm Marr, the German journalist, who coined in 1879 the term anti-Semitism.

    Bloodlust

  • The term anti-Semitism derives from the late nineteenth century, and research into ancient anti-Judaic sentiment dates from the same period.

    Bloodlust

  • The term anti-Semitism had not been coined yet, so it is best to call it what it was: raw and implacable Jew hatred.

    Emancipation

  • It is not the result of the wickedness or follies of the Gentiles which we call anti-Semitism.

    The Chosen Peoples

  • 134 Wilhelm Marr, the inventor of the word anti-Semitism, agreed.

    Bloodlust

  • Someone might point out to Krauthammer that a charge of anti-Semitism, that is as thinly disguised as it is baseless, is a scurrilous slur, not an argument.

    Dennis Jett: Keeping Some From Voting Is Part of the Plan

  • Etgar Lefkovits, “Obama fails to name anti-Semitism envoy,” Jerusalem Post, July 30, 2009.

    Post-American Presidency

  • One non-Jewish author, Hermann Bahr, called anti-Semitism “a new madness.”

    Emancipation

  • He put civil rights on the agenda in a state with a long history of bigotry and anti-Semitism.

    The Good Fight

  • Film historian Neal Gabler, author of An Empire of Their Own: How the Jews Invented Hollywood, has described the anti-Semitism of Hollywood Jews in the 1930s in terms of a cultural holocaust: “Above all things, they wanted to be regarded as Americans, not Jews; they wanted to reinvent themselves here as new men.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

Wordnik is becoming a not-for-profit! Read our announcement here.

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.