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  • noun Plural form of cynophobe.


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  • The cynophobes may call him a "survival" and sneer at his exhausted mandate -- albeit, as Darwin points out, they are indebted for their sneer to his own habit of uncovering his teeth to bite; they may seek to cast opprobrium upon the nature of our affection for him by pronouncing it hereditary -- a bequest from our primitive ancestors, for whom he performed important service in other ways than depriving visitors of their tendons; but quite the same we should miss him at his meal time and in the (but for him) silent watches of the night.

    The Shadow On The Dial, and Other Essays 1909 Ambrose Bierce 1878


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