, 1881, from Ger. Antisemitismus,
first used by Wilhelm Marr (18191904) Ger. radical, nationalist, and race-agitator, who founded the Antisemiten-Liga
in 1879; from anti-
(q.v.). Not etymologically restricted to anti-Jewish theories, actions or policies, but almost always used in this sense. Those who object to the inaccuracy of the term might try H. Adler's Judaeophobia
) and anti-Semite
) also are from 1881, like anti-Semitism
first in an article in the "Athenaeum" of Sept. 31, in ref. to German literature.