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phobia

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noun pho·bia \ˈfō-bē-ə\

Simple Definition of phobia

  • : an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something

Full Definition of phobia

  1. :  an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation

Examples of phobia

  1. His fear of crowds eventually developed into a phobia.



Origin of phobia

-phobia


First Known Use: 1786

Rhymes with phobia


-phobia

noun combining form pho·bia

Simple Definition of -phobia

  • : an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something

Full Definition of -phobia

  1. 1 :  exaggerated fear of <acrophobia>

  2. 2 :  intolerance or aversion for <photophobia>

Origin of -phobia

New Latin, from Late Latin, from Greek, from -phobos fearing, from phobos fear, flight, from phebesthai to flee; akin to Lithuanian bėgti to flee, Old Church Slavic běžati


Medical Dictionary

phobia

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noun pho·bia \ˈfō-bē-ə\

Medical Definition of phobia

  1. :  an exaggerated and often disabling fear usually inexplicable to the subject and having sometimes a logical but usually an illogical or symbolic object, class of objects, or situation—compare compulsion, obsession




-phobia

noun combining form -pho·bia \ˈfō-bē-ə\

Medical Definition of -phobia

  1. 1:  abnormal fear of <acrophobia>

  2. 2:  intolerance or aversion for <photophobia>





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