Sinophobia specifically describes fear of all things Chinese. Is there a word specifically to describe hatred (not fear) against a particular race? Right now I'm using anti-Chinese sentiment, but that is really clunky. Perhaps a new word made from the combination of the prefixes "miso" (indicating hatred) and "sino"? Perhaps missinogy? I am writing an essay on Chinese discrimination.

  • Sinophobia and anti-Chinese sentiment are equivalent in meaning I belive.
    – Jesse Good
    May 10, 2014 at 2:10
  • As for your paper on anti-Chinese sentiment, I found a book that you might find useful: The real Chinese in America; being an attempt to give the general American public a fuller knowledge and a better understanding of the Chinese people in the United States (1923). Two chapters are relevant to your research: X. Legal Treatment ..... 117 XI. Social Treatment 127.
    – Third News
    May 10, 2014 at 18:33
  • The author, J. S. TOW uses the terms " to arouse racial hatred", "excite racial hatred", "tending to promote racial hatred", "despise and hate the Chinese", but his most used terms is 'anti-Chinese', 'Sino' is not used but 'Chino' is as in Chino-American
    – Third News
    May 10, 2014 at 18:34
  • "Bret Harte and others were aroused by the unfair treatment of the Orientals and by the prejudice of the Americans. Harte's poem, Plain Language from Truthful James, published in the Overland Monthly in 1870, was reprinted many times. Two illustrated editions appeared shortly and two musical versions of the poem and a Heathen Chinee Songster were published."-Western concepts of China and the Chinese, 1840-1876, ... . Mason, Mary Gertrude, 1900
    – Third News
    May 14, 2014 at 5:37
  • BTW, the author, Mary Gertrude Mason mentions American contact with the Chinese was negligible before 1848, and for this reason alone, 'anti-Chinese' sentiment was localized to California. -perhaps their was a provincial term? I'm convinced that 'phobia' indicates a 'fear' or 'dislike' and 'hate' is altogether another matter but the politics of language has bled the understanding
    – Third News
    May 14, 2014 at 5:40

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Sinophobia works.

The suffix -phobia means

Extreme or irrational fear or dislike of a specified thing or group: arachnophobia, Russophobia

While the original root of phobia is from the Greek phobos or fear, as a suffix, it more often means hostility rather than fright, as in homophobia


Anti-Sinitic conveys the idea of opposition to Chinese peoples and culture.



(mis-o-gal'ik), a. [Gr. /uaeiv, to hate, + E. Gallic] Disliking the French; hostile to the French. [Rare.] -The Century dictionary and cyclopedia, with a new ... v.6 M-O.

Miso- — see mis * * * a combining form meaning hate, with the object of hatred specified by the following element: misogyny. Also, mis . [ < Gk, comb. form of miseîn to hate, mîsos hatred] * * * miso /mi sō or mī sō / combining form Signifying a hater …

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    Those cheese-eating surrender monkeys!
    – Dan
    May 10, 2014 at 2:05
  • Hmm, tu appelle un chat un chat ;-)
    – Third News
    May 10, 2014 at 2:14
  • This is the best answer, please vote for it. Phobia can be used to mean hatred as well, as the accepted answer says, but miso- is more precise. May 10, 2014 at 2:23
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    @Cerberus I would fully agree if this answer would indeed give an actual answer to the question, instead of a suggestion as to how to get to that answer. This answer does not tell me what hatred of Chinese would be, unless the Chinese are French and/or female.
    – oerkelens
    May 10, 2014 at 13:07
  • @oerkelens: Well, I suppose mentioning misosiny should be mentioned explicitly, but surely people will figure it out? May 10, 2014 at 14:52

"Bigotry" (or "Bigot") is a generalized term meaning - "hates or refuses to accept the members of a particular group (such as a racial or religious group)".

Or possibly just "Racism" (or "Racist") - defined as "the belief that some races of people are better than others.

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