unreasoned fear

See: phobia
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2), as you spend more time immersed in the culture and with Turks you will meet those who are interested in and even identify with foreign peoples, cultures or customs, and others who resent and may have a unreasoned fear of that which is perceived to be foreign or strange.
Unreasoned fear of the number 13 is termed as triskaidekaphobia.
In the recent outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS), the Chinese communities of Toronto were the ones who bore the brunt of an unreasoned fear that expressed itself often in racism, and resulted in disproportionate losses for Chinese businesses
Upon reflection, though, it became apparent that theirs isn't uncontrolled, unreasoned fear. It is, for the insurance industry, prudent and appropriate caution intended to protect the fiscal wellbeing of their firm(s).
We cannot afford to bury our heads in the sand about this emerging technology based on unreasoned fears.
He then shows how the modern application of this paradigm, distorted by radical changes of private and public philosophies of charity, reflects our unreasoned fears that giving to nationals creates dependency and even destroys effective ministry.