Definition of acrophobia in English:

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acrophobia

Pronunciation: /ˌakrəˈfōbēə/

noun

Extreme or irrational fear of heights.
Example sentences
  • Carla develops acrophobia (fear of heights), which makes it difficult for her to take elevators, park her car, or do flagpole sitting.
  • For example, a person may have several spirits of acrophobia (fear of heights).
  • Less common is acrophobia, ‘fear of heights‘; this derives from the Greek ‘akros’ for a thing that is topmost, or at the tip or extremity of something.

Derivatives

acrophobic

Pronunciation: /-ˈfōbik/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • Mark is acrophobic and allergic to nuts as well as mushrooms.
  • I'm pathologically acrophobic, so it was always extremely difficult for me.
  • A high school reunion is pretty much about nothing but memory, so it's like an acrophobic going skydiving.

Origin

Late 19th century: from Greek akron 'summit' + -phobia.

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