Definition of

Phobia

  1. (noun, state) an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations

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Synonyms of Phobia

phobic disorder, phobic neurosis

Alternate forms of Phobia

Derivations: phobic

Hyponyms: agoraphobia, simple phobia, social phobia

Hypernyms: anxiety disorder

Origin of the word Phobia

  1. 1786, "fear, horror, aversion," Mod.L., abstracted from compounds in -phobia, from Gk. -phobia, from phobos "fear," originally "flight" (still the only sense in Homer), but it became the common word for "fear" via the notion of "panic, fright" (cf. phobein "put to flight, frighten"), from PIE base *bhegw- "to run" (cf. Lith. begu "to fl… more

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