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[zen-uh-foh-bee-uh, zee-nuh-] /ˌzɛn əˈfoʊ bi ə, ˌzi nə-/
an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.
Origin of xenophobia
1900-05; xeno- + -phobia
Related forms
xenophobic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the web for xenophobia
  • The point is that this prejudice is based not on xenophobia-a fear of the unknown-but experience.
  • But xenophobia had long simmered in the city.
  • So much potential wasted by such obstinate narrow-minded xenophobia.
  • Extreme xenophobia and zero respect for human life do not give much room for negotiation.
  • It is responsible for rage, xenophobia, and basic survival fight-or-flight responses.
  • Instead of continuing our paths of paranoia and xenophobia we can learn to embrace our love and curiosity.
  • Fighting xenophobia is noble and important, but cultural competency has more concrete payoffs.
  • It seems that during times of war, xenophobia runs rampant and is accepted as a part of patriotism.
  • In the fourteenth century, a time of xenophobia, they were interested and curious.
  • Social conservatism is usually a function of xenophobia, limited education and limited world experience.
British Dictionary definitions for xenophobia


hatred or fear of foreigners or strangers or of their politics or culture
Derived Forms
xenophobic, adjective
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Word Origin and History for xenophobia

1903, from xeno- "foreign, strange" + -phobia "fear." Earlier (c.1884) it meant "agoraphobia."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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xenophobia in Medicine

xenophobia xen·o·pho·bi·a (zěn'ə-fō'bē-ə, zē'nə-)
Fear and contempt of strangers or foreign peoples.

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xenophobia in Culture
xenophobia [(zen-uh-foh-bee-uh, zee-nuh-foh-bee-uh)]

An unreasonable fear, distrust, or hatred of strangers, foreigners, or anything perceived as foreign or different.

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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