Definitions

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

  • adj. Considered contrary to the institutions or principles of the United States.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Contrary to the principles or institutions of United States.
  • adj. Not good for interest of United States.
  • adj. unpatriotic; non-xenophobic.
  • adj. incivil, immoral.

Etymologies

un- +‎ American (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • 9:14: Jon Huntsman is bandying about the word "un-American".

    The Economist: Daily news and views

  • Communism, terrorism, selling nuclear secrets: These activities have been historically described as "un-American" in congressional hearings.

    Big 'Un-American' Oil

  • Mr. Carnegie argued convincingly again multi generational transfers -- which create a kind of aristocracy that is by definition un-American.

    Maxim Thorne: Giving Thanks for a Meritocracy Instead of Aristocracy

  • Lowe's called 'un-American' after pulling ads from Muslim TV show Disclaimer

    The Globe and Mail - Home RSS feed

  • And it’s not just because soccer is inherently un-American, which is what most soccer haters Frank Deford, Jim Rome, et al. tend to insinuate.

    Chuck Klosterman on Sports

  • Indulgence in luxury was seen by both the wealthy and large portions of the working class as un-American.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • A great number of freedmen also supplemented their wages by another entirely un-American means.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • In 1957 King cemented his position as national spokesman for civil rights with three interlocking projects: the founding of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the launching of a voting rights effort called the Campaign for Citizenship, and an evangelical crusade to rid black people of un-Christian and un-American habits.

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • In 1921 the chairman of the Committee on Immigration and Naturalization of the House of Representatives, Albert Johnson, quoted diplomats in eastern Europe who warned the country was in danger of being overrun by “abnormally twisted” Jews, “filthy, un-American, and often dangerous in their habits.”

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • Jewish American leaders were among the first to warn that improper dancing and other forms of un-American behavior were more likely to break out among immigrants who lived in close proximity to blacks.

    A Renegade History of the United States

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