What Is a "Kinesophobe" So Afraid Of? Top 10 Unusual Phobias, Vol. 2 Kinesophobia What It Is: Pathological fear of motion About the Word: The root of this word is kinein, Greek for to move. That same root gives us cinema (moving pictures), kinesthesia (muscle sense), and telekinesis (using mental powers to move objects). 1/10 Kathisophobia What It Is: Fear of sitting down About the Word: The Greek kathizein means to sit down. Kathizein also developed into a term used in the Eastern Orthodox Church: acathistus literally means "standing hymn," because churchgoers stand while they sing it. 2/10 Aichmophobia What It Is: A morbid fear of sharp or pointed objects (such as a needle or a pointing finger) About the Word: At the root of this word lies an iconic pointed object of the ancient world: the Greek aikhmē means "spear" or "javelin." 3/10 Amaxophobia What It Is: Fear of being in or riding in a vehicle About the Word: This word comes from the Greek amaxa, meaning wagon - which suggests the vehicle that first inspired this fear. Although it does not have a formal name, the fear of driving is a separate condition. 4/10 Ailurophobia What It Is: Abnormal fear of cats About the Word: This word comes from ailurous, the Greek word for cat. Ailurophobes, of course, are greatly outnumbered by ailurophiles - those who love cats. 5/10 Amathophobia What It Is: Fear of dust About the Word: The root word for amathophobia is amathos, Greek for sand. Amathophobes have a low tolerance for the "dust bunny," a creature whose name - defined by Merriam-Webster simply as "an aggregate of dust" - dates back to 1966. 6/10 Hypengyophobia What It Is: Abnormal fear of responsibility About the Word: Hypengyos means responsible in Greek. In English, responsible shares the same root as respond. Someone who is responsible can be trusted to respond - or answer - to his or her duties. 7/10 Toxiphobia What It Is: Abnormal fear of poisons or of being poisoned About the Word: This word comes from the Latin toxicum, which means poison. That same root gave us intoxicate, which originally meant to poison. 8/10 Ochlophobia What It Is: Morbid fear of crowds About the Word: The root of this word - ochlos, Greek for mob - also gives us ochlocracy, meaning mob rule. Those suffering from the more familiar agoraphobia avoid open or public places (the ancient Greece marketplace was the agora). 9/10 Ideophobia Up Next 10 Words We'd Like to See Used More Often What It Is: Fear or distrust of ideas or of reason About the Word: The Greek idea comes from the verb idein, meaning to see. That connection between thought and vision also appears in a phrase used to express understanding: "I see." 10/10 10 Words We'd Like to See Used More Often Up Next More Words At Play Kafkaesque Nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical Jealous vs. Envious Choose your words carefully How Icy Greenland Got Its Name Was 'Even Icier Land' taken? 10 Words Shakespeare Never Invented We'll explain the confusion Seen and Heard TRENDING NOW Kafkaesque Nightmarishly complex, bizarre, or illogical Donnybrook The origin story is true Transgender The word is more than 45 years old Choaspes A limerick to help you pronounce it Triskaidekaphobia Fear of the number 13 SEE ALL Learn a new word every day. Delivered to your inbox!