Words related to -phobe

phobia (n.)

"irrational fear, horror, or aversion; fear of an imaginary evil or undue fear of a real one," 1786, perhaps based on a similar use in French, abstracted from compounds in -phobia, the word-forming element from Greek phobos "fear, panic fear, terror, outward show of fear; object of fear or terror," originally "flight" (still the only sense in Homer), but it became the common word for "fear" via the notion of "panic flight" (compare phobein "put to flight; frighten"), from PIE root *bhegw- "to run" (source also of Lithuanian bėgu, bėgti "to flee;" Old Church Slavonic begu "flight," bezati "to flee, run;" Old Norse bekkr "a stream").

The psychological sense of "an abnormal or irrational fear" is attested by 1895. Hence also Phobos as the name of the inner satellite of Mars (discovered 1877) and named for Phobos, the personification of fear, in mythology a companion of Ares.

acrophobe (n.)

"one suffering from a morbid fear of heights," 1895, from acrophobia; also see -phobe. Related: Acrophobic.

Negrophobe (n.)

"one who has violent aversion to or hatred of Negroes," 1864, from Negro + -phobe. Often pejorative.

Sinophobe (n.)

"one who has a violent aversion to Chinese ways or power," 1919, from Sino- + -phobe. By 1900 in French. Related: Sinophobic; Sinophobia (1876). Sinophil "loving or favoring Chinese ways or institutions" is attested by 1894; Sinophile (n.) is by 1900.

technophobe (n.)

by 1952, perhaps by 1946, from techno- + -phobe.

If the reader will consult such a book as Recent Economic Changes, by David A. Wells, published in 1889, he will find passages that, except for the dates and absolute amounts involved, might have been written by our technophobes (if I may coin a needed word) of today. [Henry Hazlitt, "Economics in One Lesson," 1952 edition]
xenophobe (n.)

1897, from xeno- "foreign, strange" + -phobe. As an adjective from 1908.