Definition of phobia in English:


Syllabification: pho·bi·a
Pronunciation: /ˈfōbēə


  • An extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something: he had a phobia about being under water a phobia of germs a snake phobia
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    • Irrational fears and phobias, for example, are essentially habits of mind that we acquire, not feelings we were born with.
    • It accounts for most of our fears, even our likes and dislikes, and phobias.
    • It is certainly possible to argue that neurotic symptoms, like phobias or obsessions, are strictly determined.
    fear, irrational fear, obsessive fear, dread, horror, terror, hatred, loathing, detestation, aversion, antipathy, revulsion; complex, neurosis
    informal thing, hang-up



Pronunciation: /ˈfōbik/
adjective & noun
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  • Symptoms responding included anxiety, frequency and severity of panic attacks, and phobic fear and avoidance.
  • The women were asked about experiences of depressive, phobic, panic-related, obsessive-compulsive, and social anxiety symptoms in the past 12 months.
  • Overall, it appears that anxious and phobic individuals have more difficulty suppressing unwanted thoughts than do nonanxious individuals.


late 18th century: independent usage of -phobia.

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