felinophobia

noun

fe·​li·​no·​pho·​bia fə-ˌlē-nō-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce felinophobia (audio)
: ailurophobia
I cannot confess to suffering from Felinophobia—fear of cats … . At least my unease over being around cats, of the possibility of them creeping up on me unawares … has never been diagnosed as a full-blown phobia.John W. Fountain
felinophobe noun
plural felinophobes
While the demands of the felinophobe can be extremely confusing and even irritating to cat lovers, keep in mind how difficult it must be for the affected person, who must find completely avoiding cats in modern society nearly impossible. Audrey Pavia
felinophobic adjective

Word History

Etymology

feline (noun) + -o- + -phobia

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of felinophobia was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Felinophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/felinophobia. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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