Complete Definition of "anti-Semitism"

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Etymology
:1879, German: Antisemitismus, coined by German political agitator w:Wilhelm Marr|Wilhelm Marr to replace Judenhass, making hatred of the Jews seem rational and sanctioned by scientific knowledge. Similar term antisemitisch (anti-semitic) dates from 1860, by Jewish scholar w:Moritz Steinschneider|Moritz Steinschneider. See Wikipedia: w: Antisemitism#Etymology_and_usage|Antisemitism:Etymology and Usage

Noun
en-noun|sg=anti-Semitism|-

  1. Prejudice, discrimination or hostility directed against Jews or Judaism.

Usage notes
:Though Semitic refers in a broader sense to those who speak Semitic languages (e.g. w:Arab|Arabs or w:Assyrian_people|Assyrians), the term anti-semitism has historically referred to prejudice against Jews alone. To avoid the confusion of the misnomer, many scholars on the subject (such as w:Emil Fackenheim|Emil Fackenheim) now favor the unhyphenated antisemitism in order to emphasize that the word should be read as a single unified term, not as a meaningful root word-prefix combination.<ref>Antisemitism. The Power of Myth (Facing History), ''Defining Antisemitism'' p. 2 (PDF p.5)</ref><ref>“…the spelling ought to be antisemitism without the hyphen, dispelling the notion that there is an entity 'Semitism' which 'anti-Semitism' opposes.” -- Emil Fackenheim, Post-Holocaust Anti-Jewishness, Jewish Identity and the Centrality of Israel, in World Jewry and the State of Israel. ed. Moshe David, p11, n2.</ref><ref>“Antisemitism is not a scientific word, and it is entitled to neither a hyphen nor a capital.” Dr. James Parkes, 1953, quoted in Holocaust Almanac: David Irving's Hitler: Postscript</ref> See Wikipedia: w: Antisemitism#Etymology_and_usage|Antisemitism:Etymology and Usage

Related terms
anti-Semite
anti-Semitic

See also
Judenhass
racism

Translations
trans-top|Prejudice or hostility against Jews
Croatian: t-|hr|antisemitizam|m
Dutch: anti-semitisme n, jodenhaat f
Finnish: anti-semitismi
French: t|fr|anti-sémitisme|m
Greek: t|el|αντισημιτισμός|m|sc=Grek (antisimitismós)
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Hebrew: אנטישמיות (ant'ishemiut) f
Portuguese: t+|pt|anti-semitismo|m
Russian: антисемитизм m
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References
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Category:Forms of discrimination
Category:English nouns ending in -ism

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