arachnophobia

noun
arach·​no·​pho·​bia | \ ə-ˌrak-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce arachnophobia (audio) \

Definition of arachnophobia

: pathological fear or loathing of arachnids and especially spiders Large spiders like the huntsman can be intimidating to the uninitiated and downright terrifying to people who suffer from arachnophobia.— Sherry Boas

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Other Words from arachnophobia

arachnophobe \ ə-​ˈrak-​nə-​ˌfōb How to pronounce arachnophobia (audio) \ noun
arachnophobic \ ə-​ˌrak-​nə-​ˈfō-​bik How to pronounce arachnophobia (audio) \ adjective or noun

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In Greek mythology, Arachne was a weaver of such skill that she dared to challenge the goddess Athena at her craft. When she won their competition by weaving a tapestry disrespectful to the gods, the enraged Athena tore it to shreds, and in despair Arachne hanged herself. Out of pity, Athena loosened the rope, which became a cobweb, and changed Arachne into a spider. Today, the spiders, scorpions, mites, and ticks all belong to the class known as arachnids. Arachnophobia is the most common of the animal phobias; but many people suffer from similar phobias regarding snakes (ophidiophobia), dogs (cynophobia), and mice and rats (musophobia).

Examples of arachnophobia in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, with its early access release on Xbox Game Pass and Steam, Obsidian announced an arachnophobia mode, letting spider-averse players experience the game safely. Elise Favis, Washington Post, 30 July 2020 In one experiment, people with arachnophobia went through a weeklong exposure therapy course. Adam Grant, New York Times, 19 Mar. 2020 Examples: acrophobia, the fear of heights; arachnophobia, the fear of spiders. Kayla Webley Adler, Marie Claire, 8 July 2019 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, 30 May 2018 Even entomologists themselves can fall prey to arachnophobia. Matt Bertone, Philly.com, 30 May 2018

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First Known Use of arachnophobia

1863, in the meaning defined above

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“Arachnophobia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/arachnophobia. Accessed 27 Jul. 2021.

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arachnophobia

noun
arach·​no·​pho·​bia | \ ə-ˌrak-nə-ˈfō-bē-ə How to pronounce arachnophobia (audio) \

Medical Definition of arachnophobia

: pathological fear or loathing of arachnids and especially spiders

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