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xenophobia

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noun xe·no·pho·bia \ˌze-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə, ˌzē-\

Simple Definition of xenophobia

  • : fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of xenophobia

  1. :  fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign

Did You Know?

If you look back to the ancient Greek terms that underlie the word xenophobia, you'll discover that xenophobic individuals are literally "stranger fearing." "Xenophobia," that elegant-sounding name for an aversion to persons unfamiliar, ultimately derives from two Greek terms: xenos, which can be translated as either "stranger" or "guest," and "phobos," which means either "fear" or "flight." "Phobos" is the ultimate source of all English "-phobia" terms, but many of those were actually coined in English or New Latin using the combining form "-phobia" (which traces back to "phobos"). "Xenophobia" itself came to us by way of New Latin and first appeared in print in English in 1903.

Origin of xenophobia

New Latin


First Known Use: 1903


Medical Dictionary

xenophobia

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noun xe·no·pho·bia \ˌzen-ə-ˈfō-bē-ə, ˌzēn-\

Medical Definition of xenophobia

  1. :  fear and hatred of strangers or foreigners or of anything that is strange or foreign




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