Definition of acrophobia in English:



mass noun
  • Extreme or irrational fear of heights.

    • ‘James has lived in his flat for 16 years and suffers from psychosis, asthma and acrophobia.’
    • ‘A patient suffering from acrophobia wears 3 - D goggles and a head motion tracker and uses a wireless mouse to take a glass elevator up to a floor of his choosing in a 15-story building.’
    • ‘Shibe Park had a press box far above the playing field, and a visiting reporter might get a queasy stomach if he was afflicted with acrophobia.’
    • ‘For all that, it's easy to understand why some analysts and investors are feeling a bout of acrophobia coming on.’
    • ‘Except, perhaps, for those suffering from acrophobia, among whom it seems likely to promote the screaming meemies.’
    • ‘Finding the equipment and an instructor wasn't difficult, but admitting acrophobia was more than I was willing to expose.’
    • ‘If Joe has acrophobia, just say he may not be suitable for work at high elevations.’
    • ‘I noticed how you were staring at the window, acrophobia I suppose?’
    • ‘For example, a person may have several spirits of acrophobia (fear of heights).’
    • ‘Some people get over their acrophobia by going skydiving or bungee jumping.’
    • ‘Viharo and Tyrrell, as a has-been child actress now in her adult years and suffering from acrophobia, completely steal the show with their creepy, intense performances.’
    • ‘If you have acrophobia, I'd recommend keeping your eyes shut.’
    • ‘Less common is acrophobia, ‘fear of heights‘; this derives from the Greek ‘akros’ for a thing that is topmost, or at the tip or extremity of something.’
    • ‘Battling acrophobia and nausea as you scale the mast of this 104-foot-tall ship to the crow's nest and peer down into the roiling water below.’
    • ‘Many pilots still enjoy flying even though they have some degree of acrophobia.’
    • ‘A couple of examples are claustrophobia and acrophobia.’
    • ‘Carla develops acrophobia (fear of heights), which makes it difficult for her to take elevators, park her car, or do flagpole sitting.’
    • ‘I remember having to lecture to a group at the Windows on the World up at the very top there, and just being terrified the entire time because my acrophobia went to red alert.’
    • ‘I reckoned acrophobia was part of everyone's make up, more pronounced in some and lying latent in those guys who sat swinging their legs over the skyline of New York.’
    dizziness, giddiness, light-headedness, loss of balance, loss of equilibrium, spinning of the head, swimming of the head
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Late 19th century: from Greek akron ‘summit’ + -phobia.