caligynephobia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Ancient Greek καλλι- (kalli-, beautiful) + Ancient Greek γυνή (gunḗ, female) + New Latin -phobia, from Latin, from Ancient Greek φόβος (phóbos, fear).

Noun[edit]

caligynephobia (uncountable)

  1. The fear of beautiful women.
    • 2005, Dandi Daley Mackall, Love Rules, Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., ISBN 9780842387279, page 27:
      [...] He looks over at me. “Whoa! Nice hair.” ¶ I pull down the visor and try not to laugh. My hair looks like I’ve stuck my finger in an electrical outlet. “Jake Jackson, you must get over your caligynephobia.” ¶ Jake raises his eyebrows. ¶ “Fear of beautiful women.” ¶ “I’m planning on working hard on that one in California. [...]”
    • 2008, Mick Power & Tim Dalglesih, Cognition and Emotion: From Order to Disorder, Psychology Press (2008), ISBN 9780415373531, page 54:
      In contrast, if we consider the example of somebody who has a fear of beautiful women (caligynephobia!), then it does not seem outrageous to argue that this fear of beautiful women is somehow an inappropriate emotional reaction or even an emotional disorder.
    • 2009, Talmer Shockley, The Love-Shy Survival Guide, Jessica Kingsley Publishers (2009), ISBN 9781843108979, page 19:
      Loveshyness is certainly not gynophobia, a fear of women in general, nor is it caligynephobia, a fear of beautiful women.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.