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xenophobic (ˌzenəˈfəʊbɪk) 



  1. having or showing a hatred or fear of foreigners or strangers or of their politics or culture   ⇒ Xenophobic nationalism is on the rise in some West European countries.


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= racist, nationalist, bigoted, parochial, insular, isolationist, ethnocentric, racialist, ethnocentrist

xenophobia (ˌzɛnəˈfəʊbɪə Pronunciation for xenophobia



  1. hatred or fear of foreigners or strangers or of their politics or culture

Derived Forms

ˌxenoˈphobic adjective

Translations for 'xenophobic'

  • British English: xenophobic If you describe someone as xenophobic, you disapprove of them because they show strong dislike or fear of people from other countries. ADJECTIVEXenophobic nationalism is on the rise in some countries.
  • Brazilian Portuguese: xenófobo
  • Chinese: 排外的
  • European Spanish: xenófobo xenófoba
  • French: xénophobe
  • German: fremdenfeindlich
  • Italian: xenofobo xenofoba
  • Japanese: 外国人嫌いの
  • Korean: 외국인을 혐오하는
  • Portuguese: xenófobo xenófoba
  • Spanish: xenófobo xenófoba

Example Sentences Including 'xenophobic'

xenophobic snobbery that held all places outside the capital as poor imitations.
Skelton, Alison Scott An Older Woman
'They were racist, xenophobic , thick, illiterate, parochial', says Collins, summing up the prevailing view.
Spiked (2005)
From the perspective of many foreign doctors, the HPCSA is rather xenophobic.
SA Star (2005)
I HAVE been travelling in Japan for more than a fortnight now, and I must confess that I am getting increasingly xenophobic.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
`The British are xenophobic , they can't get used to anything strange or different.
Gifford, Zerbanoo The Golden Thread - Asian experiences of post-Raj Britain


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