Definition of ailurophobia in English:

ailurophobia

Line breaks: ai¦luro|pho¦bia
Pronunciation: /ˌʌɪljʊərəˈfəʊbɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Extreme or irrational fear of cats.
    More example sentences
    • Like all fears and phobias, ailurophobia is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism.
    • Cats have been endowed with a magical ability to detect the overweening ambitions of dictators, many of whom have consequently been accused of ailurophobia on the flimsiest evidence.
    • I have never heard of ailurophobia.

Derivatives

ailurophobe

noun
More example sentences
  • The bad news for ailurophobes is that cats seem to be drawn to people who don't like them.
  • He always enjoyed visiting with Regent, but admitted, just recently, that he's also an ailurophobe.
  • Julius Caesar, Hitler and Mussolini were said to be ailurophobes.

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