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phobia definitions

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

1: an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations; "phobic disorder is a general term for all phobias" [syn: phobia, phobic disorder, phobic neurosis]

Merriam Webster's

noun Etymology: -phobia Date: 1786 an exaggerated usually inexplicable and illogical fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation

Britannica Concise

Extreme and irrational fear of a particular object, class of objects, or situation. Phobias are classified as forms of anxiety disorder (a neurosis), since anxiety is its chief symptom. They are generally believed to result when fear produced by an original threatening situation (such as a near-drowning in childhood) is transferred to other similar situations (such as encounters with bodies of water), the original fear often being repressed or forgotten. Behavior therapy is often successful in overcoming phobias, the phobic person being gradually exposed to the anxiety-provoking object or situation in a way that demonstrates that no threat really exists.

Oxford Reference Dictionary

n. an abnormal or morbid fear or aversion. Derivatives: phobic adj. & n. Etymology: -PHOBIA used as a separate word

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

(phobias) A phobia is a very strong irrational fear or hatred of something. The man had a phobia about flying. N-COUNT: oft N about/of n/-ing

Moby Thesaurus

abhorrence, abject fear, abomination, accident neurosis, affright, alarm, anathema, antipathy, anxiety hysteria, anxiety neurosis, apprehension, association neurosis, aversion, awe, battle fatigue, blast neurosis, blue funk, combat fatigue, compensation neurosis, compulsion neurosis, consternation, conversion hysteria, conversion neurosis, cowardice, detestation, dislike, dismay, disquiet, distaste, distrust, dread, execration, expectation neurosis, fear, fixation neurosis, fright, fright neurosis, funk, hate, hatred, homosexual neurosis, horrification, horror, hypochondria, hypochondriasis, hysteria, loathing, nervousness, neurosis, neuroticism, obsessional neurosis, occupational neurosis, panic, panic fear, pathoneurosis, peeve, pet peeve, psychasthenia, psychoneurosis, psychoneurotic disorder, psychopathia martialis, qualm, regression neurosis, repugnance, revulsion, scare, shell shock, situational neurosis, stampede, suspicion, terror, unholy dread, war neurosis, worry

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