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No. I'm not talking about xenophilia.

In both these senses, xenophobia and xenophilia relate to foreigners or strangers.

I am looking for a fear of the same people who live in the same country as you, not foreigners but localers, so to speak.

Essentially I am looking for the opposite of xeno. Ive gone thru the Wiktionary entry for xeno, but I couldnt find any antonyms.

Is there already a term for fear of localers? If not what appropriate greek/latin prefix would work with the phobe/phile suffixes?

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  • The opposite of being afraid of foreigners is not being afraid of foreigners. – Xanne Nov 27 '17 at 20:35

A certain political party used the neologism oecophobia in this sense, "fear of one's home", from Greek oikos "house, home". Xenophobia means "fear of the strange", from Greek xenos "strange, foreign, guest" (usually with a positive connotation).

  • I've seen it more often spelled as okiophobia, especially now that Oikos-brand yogurt is popular. – Malvolio Nov 27 '17 at 18:46
  • @Malvolio - You're saying you see this often? [grin] (I'm chuckling over the likely misprision for an irrational fear of Greek yogurt!) – Rob_Ster Nov 27 '17 at 19:22
  • @Malvolio: ...but that is not actually the proper way to incorporate Greek words into Latin and then into English, as is conventional. – Cerberus Nov 27 '17 at 20:07
  • @Cerberus -- I don't know if there is a "proper" way. Certainly the habit of transliterating the kappa into "c" instead of "k" has led to the widespread mispronouncing of "Celt" and "cyanide". – Malvolio Nov 27 '17 at 20:31
  • @Rob_Ster -- often enough. Oikophobia (like hoplophobia) does seem like a useful neologism to describe a common but neurotic political tic. "No advanced industrial nation except the US has the death penalty." "South Korea? Japan? Singapore?" "Uh...." – Malvolio Nov 27 '17 at 20:34

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