noun \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

Other Psychology Terms

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

Rhymes with PHOBIA


noun \ˈfō-bē-ə\   (Medical Dictionary)

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


noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Extreme and irrational fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation. A phobia is classified as a type of anxiety disorder (a neurosis), since anxiety is its chief symptom. Phobias are generally believed to result when fear produced by an original threatening situation (such as a near-drowning in childhood) is transferred to other similar situations (such as encounters with bodies of water), the original fear often being repressed or forgotten. Behaviour therapy can be helpful in overcoming phobias, the phobic person being gradually exposed to the anxiety-provoking object or situation in a way that demonstrates that no threat really exists.


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