[zen-uh-foh-bee-uh, zee-nuh-]


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 formsxen·o·pho·bic, adjective
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Historical Examples of xenophobia

  • 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 Formsxenophobic, 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

Medicine definitions for xenophobia


[zĕn′ə-fōbē-ə, zē′nə-]


Fear and contempt of strangers or foreign peoples.
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Culture definitions for 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.

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