Definition of ocnophil in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɒknə(ʊ)fɪl/

Entry from British & World English dictionary


A personality type characterized by the avoidance of dangerous or unfamiliar situations and reliance on external objects or other people for security. Often contrasted with philobat.
Example sentences
  • The ocnophil denies the independence of the object by clinging.
  • If a part object is used for clinging, which quite frequently happens, the relationship can never be satisfactory for the ocnophil.


1950s: from Greek oknein 'hesitate' + -phil.

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Line breaks: ocno|phil

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