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gynophobia

Syllabification: gy·no·pho·bi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌɡīnəˈfōbēə, ˌjinə-
 
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Definition of gynophobia in English:

noun

Extreme or irrational fear of women or of the female.
Example sentences
  • Misogyny and gynophobia abounded in this context as women were, for the largely male artists who worked in this style between the wars, generally victims, annoyances, or threats to virility.
  • But while the narrative urges union with the female other, his treatment of the images in these poems lays bare the volume's disturbing gynophobia.
  • At the beginning of the new century, across the English-speaking West, there is almost an entire media system dedicated to the modern male's gynophobia.

Derivatives

gynophobic

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • Marriage itself, however, doesn't guarantee a healthy society; if the society is clan-based, rigidly patriarchal, polygamous and gynophobic to boot, well, we know what hell on earth for women that creates.
  • I think it's safe to say that female genital mutilation is one of many oppressive practices that are widespread in certain pathologically gynophobic cultures.
  • Doesn't anyone notice how profoundly gynophobic this series of films has been?

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