Origin of English word XENOPHOBIA

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English Word

XENOPHOBIA

Edenic Word

SOANAy

Hebrew Word

שונא

Transliteration

Sin-Vav-Noon-Aleph

Pronounciation

SONE-AY

Conversion

[S(H)-N-H]

Meaning

foe or enemy

Roots

XENOPHOBIA is a fear or hatred of strangers or foreigners, (a major reason why a universal dictionary wasn't compiled centuries ago). Greek xenos (also the given IE “root”) means strange or foreign.

שׁנה S(H)aNaH is to change or be different. שני S(H)aiNeeY is a second, an "other;" שׂנא SaNAh is to hate; שׂונא SOANAy is a foe or enemy - Proverbs 25:21. Leah was not "hated," שנואה SNOOAh (Genesis29:33), as much as feeling second-best and thus estranged. The   שׂ-נ SN theme of being different, strange and hated, feeling second-rate or making another feel so, emerges from all these terms.


Branches

Strange cognates of XENO- at Indo-European “root” xenos include EUXENITE, PYROXENE and XENON. The Greek X is a soft xi or si, not a hard EKS sound.   שׂנא SaNAh became Chinese zeng (hate, detest), and its Cantonese counterpart tsang – George Shen.  Old Chinese njis

means “two” and is a reversed שׁני SHhaiNeeY.

See CHANGE for more estrangement; see MISANTHROPE for more hatred.


Bible Verses

Proverbs 25:21 אם־רעב שׂנאך האכלהו לחם ואם־צמא השׁקהו מים׃

“If thine enemy be hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he be thirsty, give him water to drink;”


Strong

(8130)

Related Words

CHANGE,MISANTHROPE



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