- a combining form used to form personal nouns corresponding to nouns ending in -phobia: Anglophobe.
Origin of -phobe
< Greek -phobos, adj. derivative of phóbos fear, panic
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- indicating a person or thing that fears or hatesGermanophobe; xenophobe
Word Origin for -phobe
from Greek -phobos fearing
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word-forming element meaning "one who fears or hates," from French -phobe, from Latin -phobus, from Greek -phobos "fearing," from phobos "fear, panic, flight," phobein "put to flight, frighten" (see phobia).
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- One that fears or is averse to a specified thing:xenophobe.
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