alienage the condition of being an alien. androlepsy Law. the seizure of foreign subjects to enforce a claim for justice or other right against their nation. gypsyologist, gipsyologist Rare. one who studies gypsies. Also gypsologist, gipsologist. nativism the custom or policy of favoring native-born citizens over immigrants, as in the awarding of government jobs. See also philosophy. —nativist, n. —nativistic, adj. naturalization the process of assuming or being granted citizenship of a country, usually a country other than that of the person’s origin. peregrinism 1. the state or quality of being foreign or of having come from abroad. 2. something typical or characteristic of a foreigner. —peregrine, adj. tramontane 1. a person who lives beyond the mountains. 2. a foreigner or stranger. —tramontane, adj. un-Americanism the state or condition of being out of sympathy with or against American behavior, attitudes, beliefs, etc. —un-American, n., adj. xenelasia Ancient Sparta. a custom prohibiting strangers or foreigners from residing at Sparta and empowering magistrates to expel them. xenia Ancient Greece. a custom of hospitality, specifically the giving of presents to guests or strangers, especially foreign ambassadors. —xenial, adj. xenodocheum, xenodochium a building’ or special place for the reception of strangers. Also called xenodochy. xenodochy 1. the reception of or extending of hospitality to strangers or foreigners. 2. xenodocheum. xenomania a mania for foreigners. xenophobia an abnormal fear or hatred of foreigners and strange things.
- plural form of foreigner