Definition of arachnophobia in English:

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Pronunciation: /əˌraknəˈfōbēə/


Extreme or irrational fear of spiders.
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.



Pronunciation: /əˈraknəˌfōb/
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).


Pronunciation: /-bik/
Example sentences
  • 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.


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

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Syllabification: a·rach·no·pho·bi·a

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