Definition of arachnophobia in English:


Line breaks: arachno|pho¦bia
Pronunciation: /əˌraknəˈfəʊbɪə


[mass noun]
Extreme or irrational fear of spiders.
More example sentences
  • If you don't already have arachnophobia (that's an irrational fear of spiders), you might after seeing this sci-fi flick.
  • Would something like this also prove to be the cause of my arachnophobia and my fear of hypodermic needles?
  • I found it rather difficult to write the scene with the spider since I have arachnophobia.


1920s: modern Latin, from Greek arakhnē 'spider' + -phobia.



Pronunciation: /əˈraknəfəʊb/
More example sentences
  • But arachnophobes can relax: Assassin spiders are a mere eighth of an inch (two millimeters) long and are harmless to humans.
  • I think they are pretty creepy but I'm a bit of an arachnophobe myself.
  • As the metamorphosis to Spiderman takes place, Parker learns to scale walls, swing from city rooftops and spin webs all over the place (an arachnophobe's worst nightmare).


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  • My arachnophobic daughter would disagree with that most vociferously!
  • While some imagery is potentially more disturbing for young kids (as well as for arachnophobic grown-ups), this adaptation is otherwise straightforward to a fault.
  • Mena Suvari turns up as his Reiki-practising, crystal-loving, arachnophobic neighbour, Charlotte.

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