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agoraphobia Line breaks: agora|pho¦bia
Pronunciation: /ˌaɡ(ə)rəˈfəʊbɪə/

Definition of agoraphobia in English:


[mass noun]
Extreme or irrational fear of open or public places.
Example sentences
  • In addition, the person may develop irrational fears called phobias, such as agoraphobia, about situations where a panic attack has occurred.
  • Some people have an extreme fear condition called agoraphobia, and confine themselves to the home or other familiar places where they feel relatively safe.
  • As well as being a fear of open spaces, agoraphobia is also a fear of being in a crowd, being alone in a house and travelling alone.


Late 19th century: from Greek agora 'place of assembly, marketplace' + -phobia.

  • Agoraphobia is literally ‘fear of the market place’, from Greek agora ‘a market place’ and the English suffix -phobia (from Greek phobos ‘fear’). In ancient Greece an agora was a public open space used for markets and assemblies.



Example sentences
  • We are in danger of becoming a nation of agoraphobes.
  • If I weren't a comedian, I think I would be an agoraphobe, so it's a good thing I've picked a career that allows me to travel.
  • Being an agoraphobe was a lot more complicated than just never leaving the house, something most people couldn't begin to appreciate, Darcy thought, running the water in the sink.


Pronunciation: /aɡ(ə)rəˈfəʊbɪk/
adjective& noun
Example sentences
  • For those suffering from panic disorder, agoraphobic avoidance may first occur in situations associated with the first panic attack.
  • For example, an agoraphobic patient, whom we shall call Sarah, was too terrified even to contemplate any treatment involving exposure (facing the feared stimulus - in this case, going outside).
  • On the other hand, we need to be alert for clients who significantly restrict their lives and devalue their lives and work or those who become agoraphobic.

Words that rhyme with agoraphobia

claustrophobia, homophobia, hydrophobia, phobia, technophobia, xenophobia, Zenobia

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