I'm designing a data structure that disallows inserting the same element twice, and I want to give it a name. Is there a single word for "fear of duplicates?" "Dupliphobia" sounds wrong.

  • Phobophobia, obviously. – Dan Bron Feb 9 '15 at 17:58
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    Geminiphobia comes close. – Edwin Ashworth Feb 9 '15 at 17:58
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    Xerophobia, obviously! – Hot Licks Feb 9 '15 at 17:59
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    Etymologically speaking, it ought to be homophobia, but I suppose that's out... – Chris Sunami Feb 9 '15 at 18:04
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    You don't need to invent artificial words. Just say it has unique elements. – Armen Ծիրունյան Feb 9 '15 at 18:12

How about antigrafíphobia? From Greek word αντιγραφή • (antigrafí), “act of copying")+phobia.

For more please see: http://www.wordreference.com/gren/%CE%B1%CE%BD%CF%84%CE%B9%CE%B3%CF%81%CE%B1%CF%86%CE%AE

  • I like it! But shouldn't that be antigraphiphobia, in the interest of consistency in rendering phi? – Irefuteitthus Feb 12 '15 at 15:34

How about "uniquified"? To uniquify something in the computational sense is to ensure uniqueness of its elements.


The fear of duplication is called Clonophobia.

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    This answer needs help -- can you cite a reliable source for the information. – MetaEd Nov 10 '15 at 23:30

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