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phobia

Definition:

an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations

Class:

state noun (stable states of affairs)

Related to:

phobic

Plural:

phobias

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Synonyms:

phobic disorder [also a general term for all "phobias"] | phobic neurosis

Etymology:

"fear, horror, aversion", Modern Latin, abstracted from compounds in -phobia,...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

Definition references

Wikipedia:

Phobia

is, when used in the context of clinical psychology, a type of anxiety disorder, usually defined as a persistent fear of an object or situation in which the sufferer commits to great lengths in avoiding, typically disproportional to the actual danger ... (41 of 6391 words, 1 image)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Phobia

Phobia (disambiguation)

an irrational fear. Phobia may also refer to: -phobia, about the suffixes -phobia, -phobic, -phobe | Phobia (comics), a supervillain in the DC Comics universe | Phobia (film), a 1980 film directed by John Huston | Phobia (2008 film), also known as... (39 of 128 words, 9 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Phobia (disambiguation)

Columbia Encyclopedia:

neurosis | phobia

in psychiatry, a broad category of psychological disturbance, encompassing various mild forms of mental disorder. Until fairly recently, the term ... (20 of 483 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0835317​.html

Collins Dictionary:

phobia | -phobia | phobism | -phobic [combining form in adjective, derived]

[psychiatry] an abnormal intense and irrational fear of a given situation, organism, or object | indicating an extreme abnormal fear of or aversion to (23 of 427 words, 2 definitions, 11 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/phobia

Britannica Encyclopedia:

phobia [psychology]

an extreme, irrational fear of a specific object or situation. A phobia is classified as a type of anxiety disorder, since anxiety is the chief ... (25 of 315 words)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/457032​/phobia

Random House Dictionary:

phobia | -phobia

a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it. | "-phobia" : a combining ... (24 of 62 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/phobia

Oxford Dictionary:

phobia | phobic [derived]

an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something (10 of 55 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/phobia

Merriam-Webster:

phobia

an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation (16 of 50 words, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/phobia

Macmillan British Dictionary:

phobia [countable] | phobias [plural] | phobic [adjective, related]

a very strong feeling of disliking or being afraid of someone or something (13 of 44 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/phobia

American Heritage Dictionary:

phobia

A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or ... | A strong fear, dislike, or aversion. (18 of 40 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phobia

Cambridge Dictionary:

phobia | -phobia [suffix, derived]

an extreme fear of a particular thing or situation, especially one that cannot be reasonably explained (16 of 34 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/phobia

New World Dictionary:

phobia

an irrational, excessive, and persistent fear of some particular thing or situation (12 of 24 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phobia

Wiktionary:

phobia | phobias [plural] | phobiƦ [plural]

An irrational or obsessive fear or anxiety, usually of or about something particular. (13 of 21 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/phobia

Encarta Dictionary:

phobia | phobias [plural]

an irrational or very powerful fear and dislike of something such as spiders or confined spaces (16 of 40 words, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861725622​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

phobia

First use: 1786

Origin: "fear, horror, aversion", Modern Latin, abstracted from compounds in -phobia, from Greek -phobia (in widespread popular use with native ... (20 of 85 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=phobia

Merriam-Webster:

phobia

Origin: New Latin, from Late Latin, from Greek, from -phobos fearing, from phobos fear, flight, from phebesthai to flee; akin to ... (20 of 28 etymology words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/phobia

Wiktionary:

phobia | phobias [plural] | phobiƦ [plural]

Origin: c 1790, from words ending in -phobia, from Ancient Greek φόβος (phobos, "fear"). Compare ism, from -ism, itis, from -itis, and ana, from -ana.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/phobia

Collins Dictionary:

phobia | -phobia

First use: 19th century

Origin: from Greek phobos fear | via Latin from Greek, from phobos fear

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/phobia

American Heritage Dictionary:

phobia

Origin: Late Latin, from Greek -phobiā, from phobos, fear; see bhegw- in Indo-European roots.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phobia

New World Dictionary:

phobia

Origin: Modern Latin from Greek phobos, fear: see "-phobe"

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phobia

Oxford Dictionary:

phobia

First use: late 18th century

Origin: independent usage of "-phobia"

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/phobia

Encarta Dictionary:

phobia

Origin: Latin from Greek phobos "fear"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861725622​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

phobia | -phobia

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "phobia"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/phobia

Macmillan British Dictionary:

phobia [countable] | phobias [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "phobia"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/phobia

Macmillan American Dictionary:

phobia [countable] | phobias [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "phobia"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/phobia

Cambridge Dictionary:

phobia

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "phobia"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "phobia"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/phobia

the Free Dictionary:

phobia

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "phobia"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "phobia"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "phobia" by speech synthesizer

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/phobia

Google Dictionary:

phobia | phobias [plural]

Audio: English pronunciation of "phobia"

www​.google​.com​/#hl=en&tbs=dfn​:1&fp=1&q=phobia

Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

phobia

Audio: North American pronunciation of "phobia"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=phobia​01 word=phobia

YourDictionary Audio:

phobia

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "phobia" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/phobia

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