One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extreme or irrational fear of the night or of darkness.
- ‘Other standard phobias are nyctophobia, a fear of the dark, and ochlophobia a fear of crowds, from the Greek words for night and crowd respectively.’
- ‘For nyctophobia, try facing the darkness with another person that brings a feeling of safety, such as a parent or good friend.’
- ‘Nyctophobia is mostly present in young children, and starts out with night terrors and a healthy fear of the boogeyman.’
- ‘The American Medical Association believes adult Ncytophobia is very rare and usually treatable with hypnosis and believe it or not, yes prescription drugs.’
Early 20th century: from Greek nux, nukt- ‘night’ + phobia.
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