xenophobe

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noun xe·no·phobe \ ˈze-nə-ˌfōb , ˈzē- \
Updated on: 15 Aug 2017

Definition of xenophobe

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

xenophobic

play \ˌze-nə-ˈfō-bik, ˌzē-\ adjective

xenophobically

play \ˌze-nə-ˈfō-bi-k(ə-)lē, ˌzē-\ adverb

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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.

Origin and Etymology of xenophobe

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xenophobe

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noun xe·no·phobe \ ˈzen-ə-ˌfōb , ˈzēn- \

medical Definition of xenophobe

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

xenophobic

play \ˌzen-ə-ˈfō-bik, ˌzēn-\ adjective


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