cy·​no·​pho·​bia | \ ˌsī-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce cynophobia (audio) \

Definition of cynophobia

: pathological fear or loathing of dogs If a person were attacked by a dog, that experience could prompt cynophobia, or fear of dogs.— Becky Swartswatter

Other Words from cynophobia

cynophobe \ ˈsī-​nə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce cynophobe (audio) \ or cynophobic \ ˌsī-​nə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce cynophobic (audio) \ noun, plural cynophobes or cynophobics
Playwright William Shakespeare and Roman emperor Julius Caesar are among the people throughout history who have lived in terror of cats, and a cynophobe gets skittish around dogs. — Jennifer MacKay
cynophobic adjective
By the end, as the characters connect with each other with the help of their dogs, only the most cynophobic audience members will refuse to shed a tear or two. The Capital Times (Madison, Wisconsin)

First Known Use of cynophobia

1830, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for cynophobia

Greek kyno-, combining form of kýōn, genitive kynós "dog" + -phobia — more at hound entry 1

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The first known use of cynophobia was in 1830

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“Cynophobia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2020.

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cy·​no·​pho·​bia | \ -ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce cynophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of cynophobia

: a morbid fear of dogs

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