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 (zĕn′ə-fīl′, zē′nə-)
A person attracted to that which is foreign, especially to foreign peoples, manners, or cultures.

xen′o·phil′i·a (-fĭl′ē-ə) n.
xe·noph′i·lous (zĕ-nŏf′ə-ləs, zē-) adj.
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(Sociology) a person who likes foreigners or things foreign
[C19: from Greek, from xeno- + -phile]
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(ˈzɛn əˌfaɪl, ˈzi nə-)

a person who is attracted to foreign peoples, cultures, or customs.
xen`o•phil′ia (-ˈfɪl i ə) n.
xen`o•phil′ic (-ˈfɪl ɪk) adj.
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Someone who loves foreign peoples, cultures, or customs.
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This strange image of vitality in decomposition, of hardness in relaxation, evinces just the kind of xenophilia we need now.
What we're going for is the perpetual stimulation of xenophilia.
Clermont & Theodore Eisenberg, Commentary, Xenophilia in American Courts, 109 Harv.
Clermont & Theodore Eisenberg, Xenophilia in American Courts, 109
Clermont 8c Theodore Eisenberg, Commentary, Xenophilia in American
(30) While far from xenophobic, it did not demonstrate xenophilia either.
(166.) See Clermont & Eisenberg, Xenophilia, supra note 144, at 1141-42 (identifying that the median demand was US$73,155 but the median award was US$1,061,064 for foreigners suing domestic entities, and also identifying that the mean demand was US$913,198 and the mean award was US$1,061,064).
After committing to English over music, I swallowed the lure of a visiting scholar of comparative literature who fed my hunger for more new perspectives, my xenophilia, and my love of languages, so I prepared for a doctorate in that field.
Psychological foundations of xenophilia: The role of major personality traits in predicting favorable attitudes toward crosscultural contact and exploration.
Terms such as exoticism, theriophily, xenophilia, and xenophobia will take on renewed potential for literary analysis after this book.
Rivera-Pagan submits that the New Testament writings show an inclusive Christological perspective that provides xenophilia (love for the stranger, hospitality) as the key ethical mandate.
It would be hard to satirize such crass boosterism and multicultural stupidity, but it is nothing new for the Post, which manages to combine a smug and self-righteous xenophilia with its water-carrying role for the chamber of commerce.