from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Hostility toward or prejudice against Jews or Judaism.
- n. Discrimination against Jews.
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- 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.
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)