Is there a word that describes: having a strong fear of smart people.

I tried to look up "phobia of intelligence", "fear of smart people" etc. but couldn't find anything.

He has/is __________

  • What about a weak fear? He is intelligence averse. – Lambie Dec 1 '19 at 15:41
  • The closest you can come is probably the fear of knowledge. (Gnosiophobia or epistemophobia.) – Jason Bassford Dec 1 '19 at 16:15
  • You can add phobia to generally anything and people will know what you mean. – user353675 Dec 1 '19 at 16:19
  • @user47014 Which is why smartypantsophobia is the new bête noire of our day. – tchrist Dec 1 '19 at 16:27
  • @tchrist cool that's all new to me, I will start using that – user353675 Dec 1 '19 at 17:21

Invented-Greek epistemonophobia (επιστημονοφοβία epistēmonophobia, pronounced "e.pis.tee.mo.no.pho.bi.a"), from Modern Greek επιστήμονας epistēmonas "scientist"

Or specifically epistemonissophobia (επιστημόνισσοφοβία epistēmonissophobia), from επιστημόνισσα epistimónissa "female scientist".

Or generically epistemophobia (επιστημοφοβία epistēmophobia), from Ancient Greek ἐπιστήμη epistḗmē (pronounced "e.pis.tee.mo.pho.bi.a") "science, knowledge", from ἐπίσταμαι epístamai "to know, to have the knowledge of something".

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