un americanism

un-American

[uhn-uh-mer-i-kuhn]
adjective
not American; not characteristic of or proper to the U.S.; foreign or opposed to the characters, values, standards, goals, etc., of the U.S.

Origin:
1810–20, Americanism

un-Americanism, noun
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un-American
 
adj
1.  not in accordance with the aims, ideals, customs, etc, of the US
2.  against the interests of the US
 
un-A'mericanism
 
n

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un-American
1818, from un- (1) "not" + American (see America).
"Everything is un-American that tends either to government by a plutocracy or government by a mob." [Theodore Roosevelt, 1917]
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un-American definition


A term used, primarily by extreme conservatives, to attack principles or practices considered to be at odds with the values of most Americans. Many object to the use of the term on the grounds that it is vague, shortsighted, and intolerant.

Note: The House of Representatives maintained a Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC) for several years. It was especially known for investigation of alleged communists. (See Alger Hiss.)
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