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 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 These labels are strikingly similar to the allegations heard on either side of the Brexit debate: Leave voters are isolationist, close-minded xenophobes. Sahil Handa, National Review, "Reclaiming Britishness from the Brexit Debacle," 10 June 2019 The Supreme Court upholding the Muslim travel ban is devastating, too, in a victory this week for xenophobes that will surely lead to further human-rights violations. Vanessa Hua, SFChronicle.com, "Michelle Obama and the power of stories," 27 June 2018 Following his presidency, our country elected a racist xenophobe. Jeneé Osterheldt, kansascity, "Meghan Markle will be royalty — but not the great wife hope for black women | The Kansas City Star," 17 May 2018 Morrissey sniffs, at best showing poor judgment, at worst demonstrating how racists and xenophobes let their own insecurities fuel discrimination. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "Morrissey's 'Viva Hate' Turns 30: How His Solo Debut Predicted His Post-Smiths Career," 14 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of xenophobe

1922, in the meaning defined above

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23 Oct 2019

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The first known use of xenophobe was in 1922

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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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