Definitions

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  • n. An irrational fear or hatred of cats or other felines.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Same as ælaurophobia.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a morbid fear of cats

Etymologies

From Ancient Greek αἴλουρος (ailuros, "cat") + -phobia. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The correct word for describing hatred of cats is "ailurophobia".

    Being Catty

  • Most of said adjectives are formed off the latin roots -- equine, feline, bovine, etc. (although - phobias are, naturally, formed off the Greek; hence ailurophobia for fear of cats, instead of something like felinophobia, which would mix a Greek suffix on a Latin root -- eek, cringe).

    Breakfast in Bed

  • Your friend Chip's ailurophobia acts up every Halloween.

    infoplease - Daily Almanac

  • Napoleon, Genghis Khan, and Mussolini all had ailurophobia, a morbid and irrational fear of domestic felines.

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    pangsuan Diary Entry

  • And that’s saying a lot considering my ailurophobia and ursaphobia.

    Your Big Fat Election Brain Dump, 1/11/08 « Whatever

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  • mmhmm. People say dog is a "Mans Best Friend" . I think picking up and stepping on dog poop is the"Best Idea Yet"...Well until cats were domesticated.

    June 18, 2012

  • I feel sorry for her. In my opinion, cats are the best domestic animals ever.

    February 19, 2008

  • My mom suffers from this. It is a bizarre fear. She freaks out at the mere sight of even the tiniest of cats. I mean shrieking, freaking nutso-cuckoo.

    February 19, 2008