anti-semitism \an`ti-sem"i*tism\ (?), n. opposition to, or hatred of, semites, esp. jews. -- an`ti-sem"ite (#), n. -- an`ti-sem*it"ic (#), a. anti-semitism n : the intense dislike for and prejudice against jewish people [syn: anti-semitism]
Antisemitism (also spelled anti-semitism or anti-Semitism) is prejudice, hatred of, or discrimination against Jews for reasons connected to their Jewish religion or heritage. A person who holds such positions is called an "antisemite". As Jews are an ethnoreligious group, antisemitism is often considered a form of racism.
Anti-semitism is the word used to designate the hatred of Jews because they are Jews. This form of bigotry has been present in Europe and elsewhere for centuries. It has led to riots against Jews, burning of Jewish buildings and districts, and other atrocities. The Nazi-directed Holocaust is the most extreme case of anti-semitism; during it, the Nazis killed at least six million European Jews.