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I know that misanthrope is someone who hates other humans or humankind in general. I am interested to know if there is a word for one who hates nature herself.

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If you ask some nature-lovers, they might quickly respond: industrialist –  Gary's Student May 1 '14 at 23:51
Related. –  tchrist Jun 7 '14 at 20:42

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biophobia is the fear of nature which covers aversion to and discomfort in natural places. It also covers different types of specific phobias which are natural environmental type. For example: Hylophobia (fear of wood, forest and trees) and agrizoophobia (fear of wild animals)

Some of the most powerful evidence for an innate connection between humans and nature comes from studies of biophobia (the fear of nature), in which measurable physiological responses are produced upon exposure to an object that is the source of fear, such as a snake or a spider. These responses are the result of evolution in a world in which humans were constantly vulnerable to predators, poisonous plants and animals, and natural phenomena such as thunder and lightning.

Fear was a fundamental connection with nature that enabled survival, and, as a result, humans needed to maintain a close relationship with their environment, using sights and sounds as vital cues, particularly for fight-or-flight responses.

Further explanation from the book "Transformative Eco-education for Human and Planetary Survival" edited by Jing Lin, Rebecca L. Oxford:

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By analogy with nature lover, consider the term nature hater.

"Yet, among these self-righteous poisoners of the earth, seas, and skies and killers of species, there exists a particular breed of nature haters, the spawn of Francis Bacon, a man who loved mankind above all else..."

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I'm not sure a word exists, but agoraphobia is a fear of wide open spaces and sufferers tend to stay indoors.

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Anti-ecologist or anti-environmental person are definitions that potentially are close to your definition of people who hate nature.

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I suppose it depends on what is meant by nature. One can certainly care very much for the health of the natural environment, but hate spending time outdoors. It would be inappropriate to label them as anti-environmental. –  choster May 1 '14 at 21:38

There are many phobias that persist for people who prefer the 'great indoors' to the great outdoors such as:

Bearaphobia, Snakaphobia, Cougarphobia, Exposurphoboa, Quicksandaphobia, Cliffedgeaphobia, Frostbitaphobia, Piranhaphobia, and Sharkaphobia and the less common but very traumatic littletinyfishthatswimsupyourpeeholeaphobia.

Any questions? :)

Not to mention the less dangerous but also annoying aspects to being in the great outdoors: mosquitos and stinging insects, ticks carrying wicked diseases, holes in the ground that you can step in for a nice compound shin fracture, rock slides, avalanches, incredible heat, torrential rains, unrelenting snow and everybody's favorite: "So this is how it feels to go days without a real shower".

Sorry guys, I'm an indoor cat. Mother nature is for the birds. I'll be in the hotel getting a nice massage where later I can flip on the television and watch far more hardy folks survive in the bush on reality TV!

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