xe·​no·​phobe | \ ˈze-nə-ˌfōb How to pronounce xenophobe (audio) , ˈzē- How to pronounce xenophobe (audio) \

Definition of xenophobe

: one unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin

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Other Words from xenophobe

xenophobic \ ˌze-​nə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce xenophobic (audio) , ˌzē-​ How to pronounce xenophobic (audio) \ adjective
xenophobically \ ˌze-​nə-​ˈfō-​bi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce xenophobically (audio) , ˌzē-​ \ adverb

Xenophobe Has Greek Roots

Xenophobe is partly based on the Greek noun xenos, meaning "stranger, guest, foreigner". Unlike other phobias, xenophobia isn't really considered an abnormal condition; instead, it's generally thought of as just serious narrow-mindedness, the kind of thinking that goes along with racism and extreme patriotism. In times of war, a government will often actually try to turn all its citizens into xenophobes.

Examples of xenophobe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This is why nationalist politicians who raise the threat of war win supporters for stopping foreigners: thinking about our possible death can turn us into self-righteous, aggressive, inward-looking xenophobes. Dan Cable, Scientific American, "Coping with ‘Death Awareness’ in the COVID-19 Era," 13 May 2020 But from a xenophobe’s perspective, the face mask seemed to implicate foreigners as agents of diseases. New York Times, "The Slur I Never Expected to Hear in 2020," 12 Apr. 2020 But once Lindbergh, the famed aviator, xenophobe and Nazi apologist, lands in the White House, upending the lives of the Levins in 1940s Newark, the series moves with disorienting speed. Los Angeles Times, "Watching more TV than ever? Here are 5 shows worth your time this week," 27 Apr. 2020 Even China’s vaunted propaganda machine that slanders its critics as racists and xenophobes no longer works. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Pandemic Is but One of America’s Security Concerns," 23 Apr. 2020 García Hernández outlines the history that gave Trump his xenophobe’s toolbox. Lawrence Downes, Washington Post, "The case for abolishing immigration detention," 24 Jan. 2020 Back in the 1990s, xenophobes in Germany would taunt Turkish immigrants at sports stadiums by waving plastic bags in the air, the flimsy type from inexpensive malls where immigrant families did their shopping. Can Dündar, Time, "How Many Mass Shootings Will It Take for Germany to Confront Its Far-Right Problem?," 25 Feb. 2020 Lovecraft was an unabashed racist, xenophobe, and anti-semite. Adam Epstein, Quartz, "Why filmmakers are still drawn to H.P. Lovecraft, racism and all," 27 Jan. 2020 Everybody knows that the president is a racist and a xenophobe who draws fervent support from outright white nationalists. David Klion, The New Republic, "Covering For Roy Cohn," 18 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of xenophobe

1922, in the meaning defined above

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“Xenophobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenophobe. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

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xe·​no·​phobe | \ ˈzen-ə-ˌfōb How to pronounce xenophobe (audio) , ˈzēn- How to pronounce xenophobe (audio) \

Medical Definition of xenophobe

: a person unduly fearful of what is foreign and especially of people of foreign origin

Other Words from xenophobe

xenophobic \ ˌzen-​ə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce xenophobic (audio) , ˌzēn-​ How to pronounce xenophobic (audio) \ adjective

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