ecophobia

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

eco- +‎ -phobia, from Ancient Greek: οἶκος (oikos, house) and φόβος (phobos, fear).

Noun[edit]

ecophobia (uncountable)

  1. Fear of one’s home.
    • 1995, International Reading Association, Journal of Reading:
      Many of our teenage hippies are in the streets today because they suffer from ecophobia.
  2. A feeling of powerlessness to prevent cataclysmic environmental change, apocalypse, etc.
    • 1990, George F Will, Suddenly: The American Idea Abroad and at Home:
      No wonder the mood of the moment is ecophobia, the fear that the planet is increasingly inhospitable.