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Definition of phobic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, affected with, or constituting phobia

Definition of -phobic (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : having an intolerance or aversion for photophobic Anglophobic
b : exhibiting a phobia for claustrophobic
2 : lacking chemical affinity for (see affinity entry 1 sense 2b(2)) These polymers are like soaps, with a hydrophobic and a hydrophilic portion in the molecule.— Mercouri G. Kanatzidis — compare -philic

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phobic noun

Examples of phobic in a Sentence

Adjective She is phobic about heights.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Grandma is on Instagram Contrary to stereotypes that cast older adults as tech-phobic, many older people are learning new skills to become more familiar with technology. Marcia G. Ory, The Conversation, "Granny’s on Instagram! In the COVID-19 era, older adults see time differently and are doing better than younger people," 18 Dec. 2020 The combination of a cataclysmic pandemic and nail-biting election reduced many Americans to part-time shut-ins and full-time nervous wrecks: tense, anxious, germophobic, claustrophobic, agoraphobic, pretty much everything-phobic. Bill Carter For Cnn Business Perspectives, CNN, "TV viewers are craving comfort food. 2021 will deliver," 16 Dec. 2020 And in Florida and Arizona, retiree havens with wealthier and more tax-phobic seniors, Mr. Trump is effectively tied with Mr. Biden among older voters despite having won with them convincingly in both states in 2016. Jonathan Martin, New York Times, "Election at Hand, Biden Leads Trump in Four Key States, Poll Shows," 1 Nov. 2020 There is still no cure for noise-phobic pets, but there are ways to comfort them. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Animals Matter: How to keep your dog and cat calm during 4th of July fireworks," 26 June 2020 Parents of noise-phobic dogs and cats start to get uneasy this time of year. Cathy M. Rosenthal,, "Animals Matter: How to keep your dog and cat calm during 4th of July fireworks," 26 June 2020 My contribution to the debate is a reminder that this is the one-year anniversary of the release of the landmark Plain View Project, which exposed police officers’ racist and phobic public posts on Facebook. Dave Lieber, Dallas News, "Last year’s study of racist posts by police on Facebook now seems more important than ever," 12 June 2020 To me, this is not just an argument for digital detox, or a smartphone-phobic repackaging of the familiar idea that the journey is the destination. Alex Williams, New York Times, "The Joy of Getting Lost and Finding Your Way," 18 May 2020 Plus college administrators have been phobic about football becoming a two-semester sport. Chuck Carlton, Dallas News, "Will there be a 2020 college football season? Here are some scenarios of how the NCAA can make it happen," 7 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of phobic


1897, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for phobic

Adjective combining form

French -phobique, from Late Latin -phobicus, from Greek -phobikos, from -phobia

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The first known use of phobic was in 1897

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7 Jan 2021

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“Phobic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of phobic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or having an extremely strong fear or dislike of someone or something

English Language Learners Definition of -phobic (Entry 2 of 2)

: having an extremely strong dislike or fear of someone or something


pho·​bic | \ ˈfō-bik How to pronounce phobic (audio) \

Medical Definition of phobic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, affected with, marked by, involving, or constituting a phobia phobic disorders a phobic person phobic anxiety phobic situations



Medical Definition of phobic (Entry 2 of 2)

: one who exhibits a phobia

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