anthropophobia

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anthropo- +‎ -phobia. Both elements are borrowed from Ancient Greek ἄνθρωπος (anthropos, man, human) + φόβος (phobos, fear) respectively.

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anthropophobia (uncountable)

  1. A profound fear of human beings, or of human society.
    • 1880, Edward Bliss Foote, Plain Home Talk about the Human System, 4th ed., page 438 [1]:
      The affection is unlike anthropophobia, because this is characterized by dislike of men, and decided aversion to sexual intercourse.
    • 1925, Sinclair Lewis, Arrowsmith:
    It was when anthropophobia set in, when he was made uneasy by people who walked too close to him, that, sagely viewing his list and seeing how many phobias were now checked, he permitted himself to rest.
    • 2004, Toshio Kawai, "Postmodern consciousness in the novels of Haruki Murakami," in The Cultural Complex: Contemporary Jungian Perspectives on Psyche and Society [2], ISBN 1583919139, page 97:
      He was suffering from anthropophobia, a typical Japanese symptom which shows alienation, and liberation, from the embracing community.

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