Definition of acrophobia in English:


Syllabification: ac·ro·pho·bi·a
Pronunciation: /ˌakrəˈfōbēə


  • Extreme or irrational fear of heights.
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    • 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.



Pronunciation: /-ˈfōbik/
adjective & noun
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  • 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.


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

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