Definition of phobia in English:



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

    ‘he had a phobia about being under water’
    ‘a phobia of germs’
    ‘a snake phobia’
    • ‘Apart from health problems, it makes children superstitious and exposes them to morbid fears and phobias.’
    • ‘And because those thoughts are at the forefront of our minds, we forget to act on the other fears and phobias that need release.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Fears and phobias and creative blocks spring to my mind.’
    • ‘It accounts for most of our fears, even our likes and dislikes, and phobias.’
    • ‘The child may develop school phobias, compulsive eating or psychosomatic illnesses.’
    • ‘Do you treat social phobias the same way you treat the other phobias, like a fear of heights, for example?’
    • ‘Irrational fears and phobias, for example, are essentially habits of mind that we acquire, not feelings we were born with.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘As for society, it needs to confront its petty phobias, paranoid fears and recognize the self in the other.’
    • ‘If the object of the fear is easy to avoid, people with phobias may not feel the need to seek treatment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She and I share a lot of the same fears and phobias.’
    • ‘Benumbed fear often turns into panic, phobias, irrational prejudice, and violence.’
    • ‘A phobia is an irrational, uncontrollable fear of a specific object or situation.’
    • ‘Jane is one of thousands in this country who suffer from a phobia or obsessive compulsive disorder.’
    • ‘At this time, the patient is open to suggestion, and can be desensitised towards fears, phobias, pain and personal issues.’
    • ‘I am more stressed, more depressed and still suffer from various 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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Late 18th century: independent usage of -phobia.