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Recent Examples of xenophobia from the Web
The deepest stains identified in the Slater case by Conan Doyle were not of blood, but the darker tones of anti-Semitism and xenophobia.
The promotion of xenophobia and the reckless abuse of children, cloaked by the veneer of a warped pseudo-biblical patriotism, makes a mockery of both American and Judeo-Christian values.
There are, of course, both policy and flesh-and-blood implications for normalizing xenophobia and denying that white supremacism exists.
The arguments about preserving culture from immigration are just xenophobia.
His rhetoric has shocked many Italians, drawing accusations of xenophobia.
The history of our love/fear relationship with MSG is wrought with bad science and more than a dash of xenophobia.
After all, there are many strategies to build a political coalition, so the choice of xenophobia isn’t driven purely by electoral calculations.
Shakespeare’s powerful tale of xenophobia is placed in a contemporary setting meant to add a layer to the story of an intelligent, charming leader brought down by jealousy and lies.
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Did You Know?
If you look back to the ancient Greek terms that underlie the word xenophobia, you'll discover that xenophobic individuals are literally "stranger fearing." Xenophobia, that elegant-sounding name for an aversion to persons unfamiliar, ultimately derives from two Greek terms: xenos, which can be translated as either "stranger" or "guest," and phobos, which means either "fear" or "flight." Phobos is the ultimate source of all English -phobia terms, but many of those were actually coined in English or New Latin using the combining form -phobia (which traces back to phobos). Xenophobia itself came to us by way of New Latin and first appeared in print in English in the late 19th century.
XENOPHOBIA Defined for English Language Learners
: fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners
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