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 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 Far from ascendant, liberalism seemed in retreat: Autocrats tightened their fists; nationalists and xenophobes edged into the political mainstream; great power competition made its return on the geopolitical stage. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "A year of protests caps a decade of crisis and anger," 20 Dec. 2019 The new mayor is a strident xenophobe, given to outbursts of nationalistic language that give Jägerstätter pause. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Terrence Malick Is Back," 14 Dec. 2019 Miriam is the story the xenophobes can’t acknowledge. Steve Lopezcolumnist, Los Angeles Times, "Column: I’ve got some immigrants I’d like Donald Trump to meet," 21 Aug. 2019 As the early front-runner, Biden has focused much of his political fire on Trump, arguing the president is a divisive racist xenophobe. Bill Ruthhart, chicagotribune.com, "Democratic divide in Iowa: Will ‘Medicare for All’ and free college appeal to rural voters or send them back to Trump in 2020?," 16 Aug. 2019 So why does the picture of the Gilets Jaunes as far-right xenophobes persist? Christopher Ketcham, Harper's magazine, "A Play with No End," 22 July 2019 This president has given a voice to every abuser, bigot, bully, misogynist, racist and xenophobe in the country. J.d. Crowe | Jdcrowe@al.com, al.com, "Trump’s white nationalism train keeps-a-rollin’," 16 July 2019

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First Known Use of xenophobe

1922, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of xenophobe was in 1922

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30 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Xenophobe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/xenophobe. Accessed 24 Feb. 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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