mis·​o·​pho·​nia | \ ˌmi-sō-ˈfō-nē-ə How to pronounce misophonia (audio) \

Definition of misophonia

: a condition in which one or more common sounds (such as the ticking of a clock, the hum of a fluorescent light, or the chewing or breathing of another person) cause an atypical emotional response (such as disgust, distress, panic, or anger) in the affected person hearing the sound For people with a condition that some scientists called misophonia, mealtime can be torture. The sounds of other people eating—chewing, chomping, slurping, gurgling—can send them into an instantaneous, blood-boiling rage.— John Markoff

Other Words from misophonia

misophonic \ ˌmi-​sō-​ˈfä-​nik How to pronounce misophonia (audio) \ adjective
… we asked readers to share stories of misophonic suffering, and they responded with a long list of unpleasant noises. — Karen Barrow

First Known Use of misophonia

2001, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for misophonia

miso- (as in misogyny) + -phonia

Note: The word was introduced by the Polish-born American audiologists Pawel J. Jastreboff and Margaret M. Jastreboff, apparently first in "Hyperacusis," article in the online publication Audiology Online (www.audiologyonline.com), June 18, 2001.

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“Misophonia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/misophonia. Accessed 23 Jan. 2022.

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