[ 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”


xen·o·pho·bic, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for xenophobia

/ (ˌzɛnəˈfəʊbɪə) /


hatred or fear of foreigners or strangers or of their politics or culture

Derived forms of xenophobia

xenophobic, adjective
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Medical definitions for xenophobia

[ zĕn′ə-fōbē-ə, zē′nə- ]


Fear and contempt of strangers or foreign peoples.
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Cultural 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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