Xenophilia

Updated: 2017-11-29.

Xenophilia is an attraction to foreign peoples, foreign cultures, and/or customs. The opposite of xenophilia is xenophobia.

Xenophilia has also come to mean, in science fiction novels and the like, a human love for alien lifeforms or robots, but this is the less-relevant definition for us travelers. Similar to another great instance of traveler’s vocabulary, allophilia.

Xen-” comes from Greek xénos, which as an adjective means foreign or strange; as a noun, it means a foreigner or a stranger.

-philia” and “-phile” come from Greek philos, which means loving; “-philia” denotes a love or affection for the thing that precedes it (as in allophilia), and “-phile” indicates a person with a love or affinity towards the thing which precedes it (as in audiophile, an enthusiast of high-quality sound).

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