Origin of xenophobiaModL: see xeno- and -phobia
An example of someone with xenophobia is a person who is fearful or hateful of recent immigrants.
Usage Note: Xenophobia has long had two acceptable pronunciations: the traditional pronunciation with a short e in the first syllable, and a variant with a long e . In our 2015 survey, the Usage Panel overwhelmingly found both forms to be acceptable. Slightly more Panelists (55 percent as compared to 45 percent) use the long- e pronunciation in their own speech.
- A fear of strangers or foreigners.
- A strong antipathy or aversion to strangers or foreigners.
From xeno- +"Ž -phobia.