antisemitism

Alternative Spellings

anti-Semitism, anti-semitism

Definitions

  • Hatred against Jews.
  • "Prejudice or discrimination against Jews and the Jewish people" (JPS).

Example Sentences

  • "In the half-century since World War II, public anti-Semitism has become much less frequent in the Western world." (https://www.adl.org/anti-semitism)

Languages of Origin

English, German

Etymology

German Antisemitismus 'hatred against Jews'

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America, Great Britain, South Africa, Australia / New Zealand

Dictionaries

Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

Notes

Deborah Lipstadt (Antisemitism: Here and Now) recommends spelling it as one word. "This term dates from the 19th century, although anti-Semitism can be traced back to ancient times" (JPS).

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