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Princeton's WordNet

  1. gynophobianoun

    a morbid fear of women


  1. gynophobianoun

    Fear or hatred for women.


  1. Gynophobia

    Gynophobia or gynephobia is a morbid fear of women, a type of specific social phobia. In the past, the Latin term horror feminae was used.Gynophobia should not be confused with misogyny, the hatred, contempt for and prejudice against women, although some may use the terms interchangeably, in reference to the social, rather than pathological aspect of negative attitudes towards women. The antonym of misogyny is philogyny, the love, respect for and admiration of women.Gynophobia is analogous with androphobia, the extreme and/or irrational fear of men. A subset of gynophobia is caligynephobia, or the fear of beautiful women.


  1. gynophobia

    Gynophobia is the irrational fear or aversion towards women or feminity. This extreme fear can often lead to anxiety and avoidance behavior. It is considered a specific phobia and is often caused by negative experiences or traumas linked to women in an individual's past. Treatment often involves therapy such as cognitive-behavioral therapy or exposure therapy.


  1. Gynophobia

    Gynophobia is an abnormal fear of women. In the past, the Latin term was used, horror feminae, meaning "fear of women". The word caligynephobia is also coined to mean the fear of beautiful women. For the latter one, the expression venustraphobia is also used. In many cases, it may also be rooted in social phobia or social anxiety disorder. Gynophobia used to be considered a driving force toward homosexuality. Havelock Ellis in his 1896 Studies in the Psychology of Sex wrote: "It is, perhaps, not difficult to account for the horror — much stronger than that normally felt toward a person of the same sex — with which the invert often regards the sexual organs of persons of the opposite sex. It cannot be said that the sexual organs of either sex under the influence of sexual excitement are esthetically pleasing; they only become emotionally desirable through the parallel excitement of the beholder. When the absence of parallel excitement is accompanied in the beholder by the sense of unfamiliarity as in childhood, or by a neurotic hypersensitiveness, the conditions are present for the production of intense horror feminae or horror masculis, as the case may be. It is possible that, as Otto Rank argues in his interesting study, "Die Nacktheit in Sage und Dichtung," [sic] this horror of the sexual organs of the opposite sex, to some extent felt even by normal people, is embodied in the Melusine type of legend."

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gynophobia in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gynophobia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

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