Xenophobia

Updated: 2017-12-10.

Xenophobia is the fear, hatred, and/or revulsion felt towards another group, culture, and/or people. Xenophobia is the opposite of xenophilia.

Xenophobia has also come to mean, in science fiction novels and the like, a human fear or hatred for alien lifeforms or robots, but this is the less-relevant definition for us travelers.

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

-phobia” comes from Greek phobos, which means fear. It is common to use it as a standalone word these days, as well.

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