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[mass noun] Extreme or irrational fear of clowns.‘it has emerged that the multi-millionaire entrepreneur suffers from coulrophobia’
- ‘Like all fears and phobias, coulrophobia is created by the unconscious mind as a protective mechanism.’
- ‘And if he has coulrophobia are they going to have him interrogated by a bunch of guys in clown suits?’
- ‘Despite its name, there's nothing ‘cool’ about coulrophobia, or ‘fear of clowns’ for the psychiatric layperson.’
- ‘I'm writing an article on coulrophobia and scary clowns for my Feature Writing class at university.’
- ‘In discussions of causes of coulrophobia, sufferers seem to agree that the most fear-inducing aspect of clowns is the heavy makeup, often accompanied by the bulbous nose and weird color of hair, that conceals the wearer's identity.’
1980s: from Greek kolobatheron stilt + -phobia.
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