What does xenophobia mean?

Definitions for xenophobiaˌzɛn əˈfoʊ bi ə, ˌzi nə-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. xenophobia(noun)

    a fear of foreigners or strangers


  1. xenophobia(Noun)

    A fear of strangers or foreigners.

  2. xenophobia(Noun)

    A strong antipathy or aversion to strangers or foreigners.


  1. Xenophobia

    Xenophobia is a very human but irrational or unreasoned fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange. It comes from the Greek words ξένος, meaning "stranger," "foreigner," and φόβος, meaning "fear." Xenophobia can manifest itself in many ways involving the relations and perceptions of an ingroup towards an outgroup, including a fear of losing identity, suspicion of its activities, aggression, and desire to eliminate its presence to secure a presumed purity. Xenophobia can also be exhibited in the form of an "uncritical exaltation of another culture" in which a culture is ascribed "an unreal, stereotyped and exotic quality". Vienna Declaration and Programme of Action urges all governments to take immediate measures and to develop strong policies to prevent and combat all forms and manifestations of racism, xenophobia or related intolerance, where necessary by enactment of appropriate legislation including penal measure.


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of xenophobia in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of xenophobia in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. George Ghali of Lebanese rights:

    What is concerning for us is not just retaliatory arrests but general xenophobia.

  2. Christiane Wirtz:

    There is no place for Islamophobia, anti-Semitism or any form of xenophobia or racism.

  3. Mark Arenhoevel:

    There is more xenophobia than in some other cities so there is big potential for mobilizing support.

  4. Hamadziripi Tamukamoyo:

    Xenophobia is becoming a barometer of dissatisfaction for the lack of service delivery and jobs, frustrated South Africans are picking on soft targets.

  5. Francois Gemenne:

    We see strong reactions of fear and xenophobia but also strong reactions of solidarity, people turn to civil disobedience when they feel governments are failing.

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