Definition of ailurophobia in English:

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ailurophobia

Pronunciation: /īˌlo͝orəˈfōbēə/ /āˌlo͝or-/

noun

Extreme or irrational fear of cats.
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

Pronunciation: /īˈlo͝orəˌfōb/ /āˈlo͝or-/
noun
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.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: ai·lu·ro·pho·bi·a

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