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xenophobia

[zen-uh-foh-bee-uh, zee-nuh-] /ˌzɛn əˈfoʊ bi ə, ˌzi nə-/
noun
1.
an unreasonable fear or hatred of foreigners or strangers or of that which is foreign or strange.
Origin
1900-1905
1900-05; xeno- + -phobia
Related forms
xenophobic, adjective
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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

xenophobia

/ˌzɛnəˈfəʊbɪə/
noun
1.
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
n.

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

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xenophobia in Medicine

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

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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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.
Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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