from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One who hates or fears cats.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person with an irrational fear or hatred of felines.


Greek ailouros, cat + -phobe.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ailuro- + -phobe. (Wiktionary)


  • Val Lewton, who produced such film noir classics of the 1940s as "Cat People" and "Curse of the Cat People," actually had an abiding fear of catsa full-fledged ailurophobe...he penned several film scripts under the pseudonym of Carlos Keith!

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  • My cat's called Rupert and I accuse you of being animalist and an ailurophobe!

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  • The use of the term ‘mutt’ to describe a cat is, IMHO as a pedantic ailurophobe, both linguistically incorrect and likely offensive to both sides of the canine-feline divide.

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  • B, who is not afraid of cats at all but hates them, is an ailurophobe.

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  • And what do you find under “ailurophobe” and “homophobe”?

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  • He’d used the black light setup only once before, for a sixty-three-year-old ailurophobe named Constance, and that had been nearly ten years ago; the basement had been crawling with cats most of which had been dipped into a solution of fluorescent dye a few hours earlier and were still spitting mad, and Constance had been screaming bloody murder the whole time.

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  • n. ailurophobe, n. one with dread of cats. airmonger



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  • JM thinks that ailurophobes should up their game and get really, really scared of lions and tigers!

    October 4, 2009