Power Prefix #1: anti- 10 words

Learn these words beginning with the power prefix "anti" (meaning "against," "in opposition to," or "opposite of").
More Power Prefix lists:
con-, fore-, inter-, mis-, pre-, sub-, super-, trans-, and uni-!
ELA Common Core State Standard: "Use common, grade-appropriate Greek or Latin affixes and roots as clues to the meaning of a word."
  1. antithesis
    exact opposite
    It was the antithesis of good journalism – all innuendo and barbs.
    New York Times (Aug 31, 2010)
  2. antipathy
    a feeling of intense dislike
    With eyes lowered in antipathy, he seemed to avoid her gaze with loathing.
    Wingfield, Lewis
  3. antibiotic
    a chemical substance derivable from a mold or bacterium that can kill microorganisms and cure bacterial infections
    The victim is expected to stay in hospital for another two weeks, and will be given antibiotics to avoid risk of infection.
    BBC (Aug 18, 2012)
  4. anticlimax
    a disappointing decline after a previous rise
    When finally opened officially on Tuesday night, after the longest and most troubled preview period in Broadway history, the show itself seemed almost an anticlimax.
    Time (Jun 15, 2011)
  5. antidote
    a remedy that stops or controls the effects of a poison
    The mental rigor required by the practice of music effectively acted as an antidote to aging, keeping their nervous systems youthful.
    Time (Jun 13, 2012)
  6. antiseptic
    thoroughly clean and free of or destructive to disease-causing organisms
    Last summer, I learned that antiseptic mouth rinse kills ticks immediately.
    Seattle Times (May 23, 2010)
  7. antisocial
    shunning contact with others
    I'm pretty antisocial before games; I don't really like talking to people in the dressing room beforehand.
    The Guardian (Mar 3, 2011)
  8. antihero
    a protagonist who lacks the characteristics that would make him a hero (or her a heroine)
    The five teen protagonists are neither heroes nor antiheroes: They are "troubled youths" hit by lightning while performing community service.
    Salon (Aug 11, 2011)
  9. anti-inflammatory
    a medicine intended to reduce inflammation
    Zimmermann had been having trouble loosening up before starts, and team doctors prescribed physical treatment and anti-inflammatory pills.
    Washington Post (Aug 5, 2012)
  10. antimatter
    matter consisting of elementary particles that are the antiparticles of those making up normal substances
    But then, imagine someone finds a simple way to make black holes or antimatter using common materials and wall current?
    Salon (Jun 17, 2012)