Meaning of ANTI- in English

ANTI-

transcription, транскрипция: [ ˌan-ˌtī, ˌan-tē also ]

ˌan-ti before consonsants prefix

or ant- or anth-

Etymology: anti- from Middle English, from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French, from Latin, against, from Greek, from anti; ant- from Middle English, from Latin, against, from Greek, from anti; anth- from Latin, against, from Greek, from anti — more at ante-

1.

a. : of the same kind but situated opposite, exerting energy in the opposite direction, or pursuing an opposite policy

anti clinal

b. : one that is opposite in kind to

anti climax

2.

a. : opposing or hostile to in opinion, sympathy, or practice

anti- Semite

b. : opposing in effect or activity

ant acid

3. : serving to prevent, cure, or alleviate

anti anxiety

4. : combating or defending against

anti aircraft

anti missile

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