noun pho·bia \ˈfō-bē-ə\

: an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something

Full Definition of PHOBIA

:  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

First Known Use: 1786

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fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with PHOBIA

PHOBIA Defined for Kids


noun pho·bia \ˈfō-bē-ə\

Definition of PHOBIA for Kids

:  an unreasonable, abnormal, and lasting fear of something
Medical Dictionary


noun pho·bia \ˈfō-bē-ə\

Medical Definition of PHOBIA

:  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


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