Definition of phobia in English:

phobia

noun

  • An extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.

    ‘she suffered from a phobia about birds’
    • ‘Certainly, an excessive capacity for fear leads to all sorts of problems that many people would dearly love to be free of, such as phobias and panic attacks.’
    • ‘As I grew up and began to delve into myself a little more, I learnt the truth behind fears - from phobias to totally rational terrors.’
    • ‘Fears and phobias and creative blocks spring to my mind.’
    • ‘Irrational fears and phobias, for example, are essentially habits of mind that we acquire, not feelings we were born with.’
    • ‘And because those thoughts are at the forefront of our minds, we forget to act on the other fears and phobias that need release.’
    • ‘Do you treat social phobias the same way you treat the other phobias, like a fear of heights, for example?’
    • ‘I am more stressed, more depressed and still suffer from various fears and phobias.’
    • ‘If the object of the fear is easy to avoid, people with phobias may not feel the need to seek treatment.’
    • ‘It accounts for most of our fears, even our likes and dislikes, and phobias.’
    • ‘As for society, it needs to confront its petty phobias, paranoid fears and recognize the self in the other.’
    • ‘It is certainly possible to argue that neurotic symptoms, like phobias or obsessions, are strictly determined.’
    • ‘Sharron developed several phobias including claustrophobia and a feeling of uncleanliness no matter how often she washed.’
    • ‘At this time, the patient is open to suggestion, and can be desensitised towards fears, phobias, pain and personal issues.’
    • ‘Benumbed fear often turns into panic, phobias, irrational prejudice, and violence.’
    • ‘The child may develop school phobias, compulsive eating or psychosomatic illnesses.’
    • ‘Jane is one of thousands in this country who suffer from a phobia or obsessive compulsive disorder.’
    • ‘No matter how big or brave some of us appear to be, we all have our secret fears; phobias which reduce us to babbling physical wrecks.’
    • ‘She and I share a lot of the same fears and phobias.’
    • ‘A phobia is an irrational, uncontrollable fear of a specific object or situation.’
    • ‘Apart from health problems, it makes children superstitious and exposes them to morbid fears and phobias.’
    abnormal fear, irrational fear, obsessive fear, fear, dread, horror, terror, dislike, hatred, loathing, detestation, distaste, aversion, antipathy, revulsion, repulsion
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Origin

Late 18th century: independent usage of -phobia.

Pronunciation

phobia

/ˈfəʊbɪə/