What does un-american mean?

Definitions for un-americanˌʌn əˈmɛr ɪ kən

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word un-american.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. un-American(adj)

    considered contrary to the best interests of the United States


  1. un-American(Adjective)

    Contrary to the principles or institutions of United States.

  2. un-American(Adjective)

    Not good for interest of United States.


  1. 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.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Un-American

    un-a-mer′i-kan, adj. not in accordance with American ideas or feeling,—v.t. Un-Amer′icanise, to make un-American.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of un-american in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of un-american in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Daniel Webster:

    I was born an American I will live an American I shall die an American.

  2. Daniel Webster:

    I was born an American; I will live an American; I shall die an American.

  3. The Justice Department report:

    An African-American man told us that, because of these charges, An African-American man lost An African-American man job as a contractor with the federal government that An African-American man had held for years.

  4. Lizzy Gardiner:

    I was looking for an American symbol. A Coca-Cola bottle or a Mickey Mouse would have been ridiculous, doing anything with the American flag would have been insulting, and Cadillac hub caps were just too uncomfortable. (speaking about the dress she wore made of American Express Cards)

  5. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell:

    The so-called Trans-Pacific Partnership would lower unfair trade barriers to American-made goods and American produce sold in the Pacific. That would represent a huge win for American workers and American farmers, to say nothing of the far-reaching geopolitical implications for our country.

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