Alternative Spellings

anti-Semitism, anti-semitism


  • 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." (

Languages of Origin

English, German


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)


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


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)


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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