• n. An international Jewish NGO that focuses on civil rights law and combats antisemitism and extremism.

Example Sentences

  • "If there is some sort of antisemitic incident in the news, there's a good chance that the ADL will be one of the major organizations issuing a statement condemning that behavior." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • English


  • initialism of 'Anti-Defamation League'

    • Who Uses This

      • Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


      • North America


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      Anti-Defamation League of B’nai B’rith, Anti-Defamation League


  • "Established in 1913, this division of B’nai B’rith works to combat hate, racism, and anti-Semitism. The ADL fights instances of discrimination against Jews and defends the civil, religious, and educational rights of all citizens. The ADL also works to expose hate groups and racist organizations, such as the Ku Klux Klan, white supremacists, and religious right extremists. The organization produces numerous resource materials for teaching understanding and tolerance." (JPS)

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