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[zen-uh-foh-bee-uh, zee-nuh-] /ˌzɛn əˈfoʊ bi ə, ˌzi nə-/
fear or hatred of foreigners, people from different cultures, or strangers:
Xenophobia and nationalism can be seen as a reaction to the rise of globalization.
fear or dislike of the customs, dress, etc., of people who are culturally different from oneself:
Learning a foreign language can help to overcome xenophobia.
Origin of xenophobia
1890-95; xeno- “foreign, strange” + -phobia “fear”
Related forms
xenophobic, adjective Unabridged
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  • This xenophobia is a remarkably constant feature of eighteenth-century satire on "taste."

    The Man of Taste James Bramston
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.

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