313. Phobias


See also 28. ATTITUDES ; 41. BEHAVIOR ; 156. FEAR ; 254. MANIAS ; 311. -PHILE, -PHILIA, -PHILY ; 334. PSYCHOLOGY .

N.B.:
noun forms end in -phobe and adjective forms end in -phobic, unless otherwise noted.
acarophobia
a fear of skin infestation by mites or ticks.
achluophobia
scotophobia.
acidophobia
an inability to accommodate to acid soils, as certain plants.
acousticophobia
an abnormal fear of noise.
acrophobia
an abnormal fear of heights. Also called altophobia, batophobia, hypsophobia .
aelurophobia
ailurophobia.
aerophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of drafts. Cf. ancraophobia, anemophobia .
agoraphobia
an abnormal fear of being in crowded, public places, like markets. Cf. demophobia .
agyrophobia
an abnormal fear of crossing streets. Also dromophobia .
aichmophobia
an abnormal fear of pointed objects.
ailurophobia, aelurophobia, elurophobia
an abnormal fear of cats. Also called gatophobia, felinophobia .
albuminurophobia
a fear of albumin in one’s urine as a sign of kidney disease.
algophobia
an extreme fear of pain. Cf. odynophobia .
altophobia
acrophobia.
amathophobia
an abnormal fear of dust.
amaxophobia
an abnormal fear of being or riding in vehicles.
ancraophobia
an abnormal fear of wind. Cf. aerophobia, anemophobia .
androphobia
1. an abnormal fear of men.
2. a hatred of males. Cf. gynephobia .
anemophobia
an abnormal fear of drafts or winds. Cf. aerophobia, ancraophobia .
anginophobia
an abnormal fear of quinsy or other forms of sore throat.
Anglophobia
a hatred or fear of England and things English.
anthophobia
an abnormal fear of flowers.
anthropophobia
an abnormal fear of people, especially in groups.
antlophobia
an abnormal fear of floods.
apeirophobia
an abnormal fear of infinity.
aphephobia
an abnormal fear of touching or being touched. Also called haphephobia, haptephobia, thixophobia .
apiphobia, apiophobia
an intense fear of bees. Also called melissophobia .
arachnephobia
an abnormal fear of spiders.
asthenophobia
an abnormal fear of weakness.
astraphobia, astrapophobia
an abnormal fear of lightning. Cf. brontophobia, keraunophobia.
astrophobia
siderophobia.
ataxiophobia, ataxophobia
an abnormal fear of disorder.
atelophobia
an abnormal fear of imperfection.
atephobia
an abnormal fear of ruin.
aulophobia
an abnormal fear of flutes.
aurophobia
an abnormal dislike of gold.
automysophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of being dirty. Cf. misophobia .
autophobia, autophoby
an abnormal fear of being by oneself. Also called eremiophobia, eremophobia, monophobia .
bacillophobia
an abnormal fear of germs. Also called bacteriophobia .
ballistophobia
an abnormal fear of missiles.
barophobia
an abnormal fear of gravity.
basophobia, basiphobia
in plants, an inability to accommodate to alkaline soils.
bathmophobia
an abnormal dislike or fear of walking.
bathophobia
1. an abnormal fear of depth.
2. an intense dislike of bathing.
batophobia
1. acrophobia.
2. an abnormal fear of passing high buildings.
batrachophobia
an abnormal fear of frogs and toads.
belonephobia
an abnormal fear of pins and needles.
bibliophobia
an abnormal dislike for books.
blennophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of slime. Also called myxophobia .
bogyphobia
a dread of demons and goblins.
bromidrosiphobia
an abnormal fear of having an unpleasant body odor.
brontophobia
an abnormal fear of thunder and thunderstorms. Also called tonitrophobia . Cf. astraphobia, keraunophobia .
cainophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of novelty. Also called cainotophobia, neophobia .
carcinomophobia, carcinomatophobia, carcinophobia
an abnormal fear of cancer. Also called cancerophobia .
cardiophobia
an abnormal fear of heart disease.
cathisophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of sitting down.
catoptrophobia
an abnormal fear of mirrors.
Celtophobia
an intense dislike of Celts.
cenophobia, kenophobia
an abnormal fear of a void or of open spaces.
ceraunophobia
keraunophobia.
chaetophobia
an abnormal fear of hair.
cheimaphobia, cheimatophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of cold. Cf. cryophobia, psychrophobia .
cherophobia
an abnormal fear of gaiety.
chinophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of snow.
cholerophobia
an intense fear of cholera.
chrematophobia
an intense fear or dislike of wealth.
chrometophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of money.
chromophobia
an abnormal fear of colors.
chronophobia
an abnormal discomfort concerning time.
cibophobia
an abnormal fear of food. Also called sitophobia, sitiophobia . Cf. phagophobia .
claustrophobia
an abnormal fear of enclosed spaces. Also called cleistophobia .
cleptophobia
kleptophobia.
clinophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of going to bed.
coitophobia
an abnormal fear of sexual intercourse. Also called genophobia . Cf. erotophobia .
cometophobia
an abnormal fear of cornets.
computerphobia
intense fear or dislike for computers and things associated with them.
coprophobia
an abnormal fear of excrement.
cremnophobia
an abnormal fear of precipices.
cryophobia
an abnormal fear of ice or f rost. Cf. cheimaphobia .
crystallophobia
an abnormal fear of glass. Also called hyalophobia .
cymophobia
an abnormal fear of waves.
cynophobia
1. an intense dread of dogs.
2. kynophobia.
cypridophobia
an abnormal fear of venereal disease. Also called venereophobia .
deipnophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of dining and dinner conversation.
demonophobia
an abnormal fear of spirits.
demophobia
an intense dislike of crowds. Cf. agoraphobia .
dermatophobia
an abnormal fear of skin disease. Also called dermatosiophobia, dermatopathophobia .
dextrophobia
an abnormal fear of objects on the right side of the body. Cf. levophobia .
diabetophobia
an intense fear of diabetes.
dikephobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of justice.
dinophobia
an abnormal fear of whirlpools.
diplopiaphobia
an abnormal fear of double vision.
domatophobia
an abnormal fear of being in a house.
doraphobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of fur.
dromophobia
1. agyrophobia.
2. kinetophobia.
dysmorphophobia
an abnormal dread of deformity, usually in others. Also called dysmorphomania .
ecclesiophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of church.
ecophobia, oecophobia, oikophobia
an abnormal fear of or aversion to home surroundings.
eisoptrophobia
an abnormal fear of mirrors.
eleutherophobia
an abnormal fear of freedom.
elurophobia
ailurophobia.
emetophobia
an abnormal fear of vomiting.
enetophobia
an abnormal fear of needles.
entomophobia
an abnormal fear of insects.
eosophobia
an abnormal fear of the dawn.
eremiophobia, eremophobia
autophobia.
ergasiophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of work.
ergophobia
a hatred of work.
erotophobia
an abnormal fear of sexual feelings and their physical expression. Also called miserotica . Cf. coitophobia .
erythrophobia
1. an abnormal fear of the color red.
2. an abnormal fear of blushing.
eurotophobia
an abnormal fear of female genitals.
febriphobia
an abnormal fear of fever.
felinophobia
ailurophobia.
Francophobia, Callophobia
a hatred of France or things French.
galeophobia
an abnormal fear of sharks.
Gallophobia
Francophobia.
gamophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of marriage.
gatophobia
ailurophobia.
genophobia
coitophobia.
gephyrophobia
an abnormal fear of crossing a bridge.
gerascophobia
an abnormal fear of growing old.
Germanophobia
a hatred of Germany, or things German. Also called Teutophobia, Teutonophobia .
geumophobia
an abnormal fear of tastes or flavors. Cf. olfactophobia .
glossophobia
an abnormal fear of speaking in public or of trying to speak.
graphophobia
a dislike of writing.
gringophobia
in Spain or Latin America, an intense dislike of white strangers.
gymnophobia
an abnormal fear of nudity. Also called nudophobia .
gynephobia, gynophobia
an abnormal fear or hatred of women. Cf. androphobia, parthenophobia .
hadephobia
an abnormal fear of heil. Also called stygiophobia .
haemaphobia
hemophobia.
hagiophobia
an intense dislike for saints and the holy.
hamartophobia
an abnormal fear of error or sin.
haphephobia, haphophobia, haptephobia, haptophobia
aphephobia. Also called thixophobia .
harpaxophobia
an abnormal fear of robbers. Cf. kleptophobia .
hedonophobia
an abnormal fear of pleasure.
heliophobia
1. an abnormal sensitivity to the effects of sunlight.
2. an abnormal fear of sunlight.
helminthophobia
an abnormal fear of being infested with worms. Cf. scoleciphobia .
hemaphobia, haemaphobia, hemophobia
an abnormal fear of the sight of blood. Also called hematophobia .
herpetophobia
an abnormal fear of reptiles. Cf. ophidiophobia .
hierophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of sacred objects.
hippophobia
an abnormal fear of horses.
hodophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of travel.
homichlophobia
an abnormal fear of fog.
homilophobia
a hatred for sermons.
homophobia
fear of or apprehension about homosexuality. Cf. uranophobia .
hyalophobia
crystallophobia.
hydrophobia
1. an abnormal fear of water.
2. the occurrence in humans of rabies. Also called lyssa .
hydrophobophobia
an abnormal fear of rabies. Also called lyssophobia . Cf. kynophobia .
hygrophobia
an abnormal fear of liquids in any form, especially wine and water.
hylephobia
an intense dislike for wood or woods.
hypengyophobia
an abnormal fear of responsibility. Cf. paralipophobia .
hypnophobia
an abnormal fear of sleep.
hypsophobia, hypsiphobia
acrophobia.
iatrophobia
an abnormal fear of going to the doctor.
ichthyophobia
an abnormal fear of fish.
iophobia
an abnormal fear of poisons. Cf. toxiphobia .
isopterophobia
an abnormal fear of termites.
Judophobism, Judophobia
a hatred of Jews and of Jewish culture. Also called Judaeophobia .
kakorrhaphiophobia
an abnormal fear of failure or defeat.
katagelophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of ridicule.
keraunophobia, ceraunophobia
an abnormal fear of thunder and lightning. Cf. astraphobia, brontophobia .
kinetophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of motion. Also called dromophobia .
kleptophobia, cleptophobia
an abnormal fear of thieves or of loss through thievery. Cf. harpaxophobia .
kopophobia
an abnormal fear of mental or physical examination.
kynophobia, cynophobia
an abnormal fear of pseudorabies. Cf. hydrophobophobia .
laliophobia, lalophobia
an abnormal fear of talking.
lepraphobia
an abnormal fear of leprosy.
levophobia
an abnormal fear of objects on the left side of the body. Cf. dextrophobia .
Iimnophobia
an abnormal fear of lakes.
linonophobia
an abnormal fear of string.
logophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of words.
lyssophobia
1. an abnormal fear of becoming insane.
2. hydrophobophobia.
maieusiophobia
tocophobia.
maniaphobia
an abnormal fear of madness.
mastigophobia
rhabdophobia.
mechanophobia
an abnormal aversion to or fear of machinery.
melissophobia
apiphobia.
meningitophobia
an abnormal fear of meningitis.
merinthophobia
an abnormal fear of being bound.
metallophobia
an abnormal fear of metals.
meteorophobia
an abnormal fear of meteors or meteorites.
misophobia, musophobia, mysophobia
an abnormal fear of dirt, especially of being contaminated by dirt. Cf. automysophobia, rhypophobia .
molysomophobia
an abnormal fear of infection.
monopathophobia
an abnormal fear of sickness in a specified part of the body
monophobia
autophobia.
motorphobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of motor vehicles.
musicophobia
an intense dislike of music.
musophobia
1. an abnormal fear of mice.
2. misophobia.
mysophobia
misophobia.
mythophobia
an abnormal fear of making false statements.
myxophobia
blennophobia.
necrophobia
1. Also called thanatophobia . an abnormal fear of death.
2. an abnormal fear of corpses.
negrophobia
a strong dislike or fear of Negroes.
neophobia
cainophobia.
nephophobia
an abnormal fear of clouds.
noctiphobia
an abnormal fear of the night. Cf. nyctophobia .
nosophobia
an abnormal fear of contracting disease.
nudophobia, nudiphobia
gymnophobia.
nyctophobia
an abnormal fear of darkness or night. Cf. noctiphobia .
ochlophobia
an abnormal fear of crowds.
ochophobia
an abnormal fear of vehicles.
odontophobia
an abnormal fear of teeth, especially those of animals.
odynophobia
an abnormal fear of pain. Cf. algophobia .
oenophobia, oinophobia
a dislike of or hatred for wine.
olfactophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of smells. Also called osmophobia, osphresiophobia . Cf. geumophobia .
ombrophobia
an abnormal fear of rain.
ommatophobia
an abnormal fear of eyes.
onomatophobia
an abnormal fear of a certain name.
ophidiophobia
an abnormal fear of snakes. Also called ophiophobia . Cf. herpetophobia .
ornithophobia
an abnormal fear of birds.
osmophobia
olfactophobia.
osphresiophobia
olfactophobia.
ouranophobia
uranophobia.
paedophobia
pedophobia.
panophobia
1. a nonspecific fear; a state of general anxiety.
2. an abnormal fear of everything. Also panphobia, pantaphobia, pantophobia .
papaphobia
an intense fear or dislike of the pope or the papacy.
paralipophobia
an abnormal fear of neglect of some duty. Cf. hypengyophobia .
paraphobia
an abnormal fear of sexual perversion.
parasitophobia
an abnormal fear of parasites.
parthenophobia
an extreme aversion to young girls. Cf. gynephobia .
pathophobia
an abnormal fear of disease.
peccatiphobia, peccatophobia
an abnormal fear of sinning.
pediculophobia
an abnormal fear of lice. Also called phthiriophobia .
pedophobia, paedophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of dolls.
pellagraphobia
an abnormal fear of catching pellagra.
peniaphobia
an abnormal fear of poverty.
phagophobia
an abnormal fear of eating. Cf. cibophobia .
pharmacophobia
an abnormal fear of drugs.
phasmophobia
an abnormal fear of ghosts. Cf. pneumatophobia, spectrophobia .
phengophobia
an abnormal fear of daylight.
philosophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of philosophy or philosophers.
phobophobia
an abnormal fear of fear itself.
phonophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of noise.
photalgiophobia
an abnormal fear of photalgia, pain in the eyes caused by light.
photophobia
1. an abnormal fear of light.
2. a painful sensitivity to light, especially visually. Also called photodysphoria .
3. a tendency to thrive in reduced light, as exhibited by certain plants.
phronemophobia
an abnormal fear of thinking.
phthiriophobia
pediculophobia.
phthisiophobia
an abnormal fear of tuberculosis. Also called tuberculophobia .
pneumatophobia
an abnormal fear of incorporeal beings. Cf. phasmophobia, spectrophobia .
pnigophobia
an abnormal fear of choking.
pogonophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of beards.
poinephobia
an abnormal fear of punishment.
politicophobia
a dislike or fear of politicians.
polyphobia
an abnormal fear of many things. Cf. panophobia, def. 2.
ponophobia
an abnormal fear of fatigue, especially through overworking.
potamophobia
a morbid fear of rivers.
proctophobia
Medicine. a mental apprehension in patients with a rectal disease.
proteinphobia
a strong aversion to protein foods.
psychophobia
an abnormal fear of the mind.
psychrophobia
an abnormal fear of the cold. Cf. cheimaphobia .
pteronophobia
an abnormal fear of feathers.
pyrexiophobia
an abnormal fear of fever. Cf. thermophobia .
pyrophobia
an abnormal fear of fire.
rhabdophobia
1. an abnormal fear of being beaten.
2. an abnormal fear of magic.
rhypophobia
an abnormal fear of filth. Cf. misophobia .
Russophobism, Russophobia
an excessive fear or dislike of Russians and things Russian.
Satanophobia
an excessive fear of Satan.
scabiophobia
an abnormal fear of scabies.
scatophobia
1. coprophobia.
2. an abnormal dread of using obscene language.
sciophobia
an abnormal fear of shadows.
scoleciphobia
an abnormal fear of worms. Also called vermiphobia . Cf. helminthophobia .
scopophobia
an abnormal fear of being looked at. Also scoptophobia .
scotophobia
an abnormal fear of the dark. Also called achluophobia .
selaphobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of flashes of light.
siderodromophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of railroads or of traveling on trains.
siderophobia
an abnormal fear of the stars. Also called astrophobia .
sitophobia, sitiophobia .
cibophobia.
Slavophobia
fear or hatred of things Slavic, especially of their real or imagined political influence.
spectrophobia
an abnormal fear of specters or phantoms. Cf. phasmophobia, pneumatophobia .
stasibasiphobia
1. an abnormal conviction that one cannot stand or walk.
2. an abnormal fear of attempting to do either.
stygiophobia
hadephobia.
symmetrophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of symmetry.
syphiliphobia, syphilophobia
an abnormal fear of becoming infected with syphilis. Cf. cypridophobia .
tabophobia
an abnormal fear of a wasting sickness.
tachophobia
an abnormal fear of speed.
taphephobia, taphiphobia, taphophobia
an abnormal fear of being buried alive.
tapinophobia
an abnormal fear of small things.
taurophobia
an abnormal fear of bulls.
teleophobia
a dislike and rejection of teleology.
telephonophobia
an abnormal fear of using the telephone.
teratophobia
an abnormal fear of monsters or of giving birth to a monster.
Teutophobia, Teutonophobia
Germanophobia.
thaasophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of being idle.
thalassophobia
an abnormal fear of the sea.
thanatophobia
necrophobia, def. 1.
theatrophobia
an abnormal fear of theaters.
theophobia
an abnormal fear of God.
thermophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of heat. Cf. pyrexiophobia .
thixophobia
aphephobia.
tocophobia, tokophobia
an abnormal fear of childbirth. Also called maieusiophobia .
tomophobia
an abnormal fear of surgical operations.
tonitrophobia, tonitruphobia
brontophobia.
topophobia
Rare. an abnormal fear of certain places.
toxiphobia, toxicophobia
an abnormal fear of being poisoned. Cf. iophobia .
traumatophobia
an excessive or disabling fear of war or physical injury.
tremophobia
an abnormal fear of trembling.
trichinophobia
an abnormal fear of trichinosis. Also called trichophobia, trichopathophobia .
tridecaphobia
triskaidekaphobia.
triskaidekaphobia
an abnormal fear of the number 13. Also called tridecaphobia .
trypanophobia
vaccinophobia.
tuberculophobia
phthisiophobia.
tyrannophobia
an intense fear or hatred of tyrants.
uranophobia
1. an abnormal fear of homosexuals and homosexuality. Also homophobia.
2. an abnormal fear of the heavens. Also called ouranophobia .
urophobia
an abnormal fear of passing urine.
vaccinophobia
an abnormal fear of vaccines and vaccination. Also called trypanophobia .
venereophobia
cypridophobia.
vermiphobia
scoleciphobia.
xenophobia
an abnormal fear or hatred of foreigners and strange things.
xerophobia
an abnormal fear of dryness and dry places, like deserts.
zelophobia
an abnormal fear of jealousy.
zoophobia
an abnormal fear or dislike of animals.

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