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I don't care if you're a Republican or a Democrat, there is something profoundly un-American about using the brute force of government to bully someone.
Rand Paul

Meaning of "un-American" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF UN-AMERICAN

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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF UN-AMERICAN

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Un-American is an adjective.
The adjective is the word that accompanies the noun to determine or qualify it.

WHAT DOES UN-AMERICAN MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Un-American

Un-American is a pejorative term of U.S. political discourse which is applied to people or institutions in the United States seen as deviating from what are widely perceived to be fundamental American cultural and political values. The most famous use is in the title of the House Un-American Activities Committee which was started to investigate alleged disloyalty and subversive activities on the part of private citizens, public employees, and those organizations suspected of having Communist ties. By 1959, former President Harry S. Truman had denounced the Committee as the "most un-American thing in the country today." The Committee lost considerable prestige as the 1960s progressed, and it was abolished by the House of Representatives in 1975. The use and meaning of the term is by no means uniform in the US. Due in part to these historical associations with political abuses and jingoism, the attitudes of Americans toward the pejorative use of "Un-American" are often critical or suspicious. Moreover, Americans may vary widely in what they believe to be un-American.

Definition of un-American in the English dictionary

The definition of un-American in the dictionary is not in accordance with the aims, ideals, customs, etc, of the US. Other definition of un-American is against the interests of the US.

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE UN-AMERICAN

un poco
un-Americanism
un-come-at-able
un-English
un-get-at-able
un-made-up
UNA
una corda
unabashed
unabashedly
unabated
unabatedly
unabating
unabbreviated
unabetted
unabiding
unabjured
unable
unabolished
unaborted

WORDS THAT END LIKE UN-AMERICAN

African
African-American
all-American
American
Anglo-American
Asian-American
Central American
Early American
East African
Latin American
Mexican
Native American
North African
North American
Pan-African
Pan-American
pro-American
South African
South American
Spanish-American
West African

Synonyms and antonyms of un-American in the English dictionary of synonyms

SYNONYMS

Translation of «un-American» into 25 languages

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TRANSLATION OF UN-AMERICAN

Find out the translation of un-American to 25 languages with our English multilingual translator.
The translations of un-American from English to other languages presented in this section have been obtained through automatic statistical translation; where the essential translation unit is the word «un-American» in English.

Translator English - Chinese

非美国
1,325 millions of speakers

Translator English - Spanish

antiamericano
570 millions of speakers

English

un-American
510 millions of speakers

Translator English - Hindi

संयुक्त राष्ट्र के अमेरिकी
380 millions of speakers
ar

Translator English - Arabic

الامم المتحدة الأمريكية
280 millions of speakers

Translator English - Russian

по-американски
278 millions of speakers

Translator English - Portuguese

anti-americano
270 millions of speakers

Translator English - Bengali

আমেরিকায প্রচলিত প্রথাদির বিপরীত
260 millions of speakers

Translator English - French

anti-américain
220 millions of speakers

Translator English - Malay

Un-Amerika
190 millions of speakers

Translator English - German

unamerikanisch
180 millions of speakers

Translator English - Japanese

非アメリカ人
130 millions of speakers

Translator English - Korean

유엔 - 미국
85 millions of speakers

Translator English - Javanese

Un-Amerika
85 millions of speakers
vi

Translator English - Vietnamese

không có người My
80 millions of speakers

Translator English - Tamil

ஐ.நா. அமெரிக்க
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Marathi

अ-अमेरिकन
75 millions of speakers

Translator English - Turkish

Amerika karşıtı
70 millions of speakers

Translator English - Italian

un- americano
65 millions of speakers

Translator English - Polish

un -American
50 millions of speakers

Translator English - Ukrainian

по - американськи
40 millions of speakers

Translator English - Romanian

ne-american
30 millions of speakers
el

Translator English - Greek

αντιαμερικανικό
15 millions of speakers
af

Translator English - Afrikaans

VN - Amerikaanse
14 millions of speakers
sv

Translator English - Swedish

oamerikanskt
10 millions of speakers
no

Translator English - Norwegian

un - American
5 millions of speakers

Trends of use of un-American

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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «UN-AMERICAN»

The term «un-American» is regularly used and occupies the 59.857 position in our list of most widely used terms in the English dictionary.
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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «UN-AMERICAN» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about un-American

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5 QUOTES WITH «UN-AMERICAN»

Famous quotes and sentences with the word un-American.
1
Jeff Denham
Whether we start with a provisional status and legal permanent residence... or we set up some other way to assimilate legally, you can't ever put in something that says, 'You can never become a citizen.' That's un-American.
2
Rand Paul
I don't care if you're a Republican or a Democrat, there is something profoundly un-American about using the brute force of government to bully someone.
3
Cedric Richmond
Leaving American disaster victims to languish is morally reprehensible and un-American.
4
Todd Rokita
I don't know anything more piggish - I don't know anything more un-American than saying, 'Oh, I'm worried about my own little handout or my own little program or my own little economy and we'll kick this can down the road and let some future generation deal with it.'
5
Abraham Verghese
For one who has an interest in the body as text, airports are treasure troves of information. It seems almost un-American to enjoy delays, and perhaps enjoy is not the best word, but certainly a delayed flight, if it does nothing else, allows one the opportunity to make prolonged observations about one's fellow travelers.

10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «UN-AMERICAN»

Discover the use of un-American in the following bibliographical selection. Books relating to un-American and brief extracts from same to provide context of its use in English literature.
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Living with the UN: American Responsibilities and ...
Cutting through the “alphabet soup” of UN agencies, as well as the utopian idealism that, however noble, often clouds analyses of the United Nations, the book offers principles for a permanent relationship based on ideals and interests ...
Kenneth Anderson, 2012
2
Un-American Psycho: Brian De Palma and the Political Invisible
In Un-American Psycho, Chris Dumas places De Palma's body of work in dialogue with the works of other provocative filmmakers, including Alfred Hitchcock, Jean-Luc Godard, and Francis Ford Coppola with the aim of providing a broader ...
Chris Dumas, 2012
3
'Un-American' Hollywood: Politics and Film in the Blacklist Era
Original essays scrutinize the work of individual practitioners, such as Robert Rossen, Joseph Losey, Jules Dassin, and Edward Dmytryk, and examine key films, including The Robe, Christ in Concrete, The House I Live In, The Lawless, The ...
Peter Stanfield, Frank Krutnik, Brian Neve, 2007
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Un-American Activities: A Memoir of the Fifties
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Sally Belfrage, 1995
5
The Fear of Conspiracy: Images of Un-American Subversion ...
The Fear of Conspiracy brings together 85 speeches, documents, and writings that illustrate the role played in American history by the fear of conspiracy and subversion.
David Brion Davis, 1971
6
An Un-American Childhood
This is the story of a young woman's secret life behind the Iron Curtain.
Ann Kimmage, 1998
7
The Un-American President: Barack Obama
This book tells the truth about Barack Obama and his real attitudes towards America. It states truths about Obama that no one else will.
Thomas Brennan, 2011
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The Barbarian parade, or, pursuit of an un-American dream
A coming-of-age story set in Kentucky that follows Gabriel Toure through a maze of sex, soccer, and the changing dynamics of family relations.
Kirby Gann, 2003
9
Un-American Activities: The Trials of William Remington
All in all, Egan was a nasty piece of work, Green later told Rauh; “He talks like a member of the Un-American Activities Committee, or its Counsel.”“ Egan was wrong. Rauh and Green had uncovered a good deal of new, derogatory information ...
Gary May, 1994
10
Containing (un)American Bodies: Race, Sexuality, and ...
We explore how the categories American and un-American (which invoke citizenship and nation alike) were connected in 2006 to issues of immigration and same-sex marriage, where immigrants and same-sex couples were transformed into ...
Mary K. Bloodsworth-Lugo, Carmen R. Lugo-Lugo, 2010

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «UN-AMERICAN»

Find out what the national and international press are talking about and how the term un-American is used in the context of the following news items.
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Take 2: Why soccer is un-American and 10 ways to fix it
For these reasons soccer, as it is played by the world, is un-American. We need a new and improved soccer for America. Americans like quick fixes. Here are 10: ... «The Seattle Times, Jul 15»
2
New American Food Is Un-American
Pork belly steam buns. Snapping turtle soup. Clam pizza with Thai chilies. These dishes might not seem to have much in common with one another, but in fact, ... «Slate Magazine, Jun 15»
3
'Un-American' is loyal to Manny Fried's spirit
“The Un-American” gets quickly to a key year in Fried's life: 1954. His work as a union rep for several locals often involved him in verbal and violent clashes with ... «Buffalo.com, May 15»
4
Glenn Beck SLAMS Hillary's 'Un-American,' 'Anti-Christian' Attack On …
“This politician has gone farther than any politician I've ever heard in my lifetime,” Beck said on “The Glenn Beck Program.” “And as usual, there is so little ... «Daily Caller, Apr 15»
5
Todd Graham: scheduling 'four easy wins' is 'un-American'
That's un-American." You'll notice that even before calling 6-6 (2-6) bowl teams de facto enemies of the state, Graham specifically mentions scheduling four ... «CBSSports.com, Apr 15»
6
The US women's national team will be wearing un-American
It's red, white, and blue. You've seen it since you were in kindergarten and pledged allegiance to it. Whether you know it or not, you probably see it in some ... «USA TODAY, Apr 15»
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Upstate School Apologizes For Reciting "Un-American" Pledge Of …
A high school in the hamlet of Pine Bush, New York had to apologize this week after parents complained about a student reciting the Pledge of Allegiance in ... «Gothamist, Mar 15»
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Top Democrat: 'Un-American' to Question Muslim Lawmaker on Intel …
Schiff added, “These un-American and unfounded smears have no place in our national discourse and are contemptible.” As The Hill reports, Carson is “the ... «Breitbart News, Jan 15»
9
Jamie Dimon calls regulation un-American, once again
In 2011, Dimon called an earlier version of capital rules contemplated by international bank regulators in Switzerland un-American. “I'm very close to thinking the ... «Fortune, Jan 15»
10
Why One Analyst Thinks Visa, MasterCard, and American Express …
... retail enterprise where retailers can make a profit and they're not being forced one way or another. It just seems un-American." --Written by Rebecca Borison in ... «TheStreet.com, Jan 15»

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