One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person with an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something.‘a snake phobic’
- ‘This is a natural biological mechanism necessary for survival, but it is exaggerated in phobics, and the stimulus is rarely life-threatening.’
- ‘Then there is the social phobic's nadir, Christmas, to deal with.’
- ‘We conducted a series of experiments in which severe phobics received different types of treatments designed to raise their sense of personal efficacy.’
- ‘Any genuine phobics will be praying she topples out of her harness.’
- ‘I couldn't exactly run off, phobic that I am.’
- ‘They tested the memory of spider phobics after the participants were presented with a large spider.’
- ‘Phobics have acquired a "semantics of freedom," in which their family heroes take risks and travel the globe with their heads held high, while others cower at home.’
- ‘Slower and generally more expensive, rail travel is now just for phobics and romantics.’
- ‘I'll accept those accusations, but I'd rather be this way than be a bigoted phobic.’
- ‘The only 'problem' here is in the minds of the phobics, and the answer should be to educate them rather than preserve someone else's misery.’
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