Synonyms for phobia

Grammar : Noun
Spell : foh-bee-uh
Phonetic Transcription : ˈfoʊ bi ə

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Définition of phobia

Origin :
  • "irrational fear, horror, aversion," 1786, perhaps on model of similar use in French, abstracted from compounds in -phobia, from Greek -phobia, from phobos "fear, panic fear, terror, outward show of fear; object of fear or terror," originally "flight" (still the only sense in Homer), but it became the common word for "fear" via the notion of "panic, fright" (cf. phobein "put to flight, frighten"), from PIE root *bhegw- "to run" (cf. Lithuanian begu "to flee;" Old Church Slavonic begu "flight," bezati "to flee, run;" Old Norse bekkr "a stream"). Psychological sense attested by 1895.
  • noun fear
Example sentences :
  • In cities the choice of animals which can become the object of phobia is not great.
  • Extract from : « Totem and Taboo » by Sigmund Freud
  • He ran away years ago and she's gotten a phobia about people.
  • Extract from : « Gargoyles » by Ben Hecht
  • The phobia is thrown before the anxiety like a fortress on the frontier.
  • Extract from : « Dream Psychology » by Sigmund Freud
  • The phobia had been further complicated by the traumatic qualities of his experience in the Dream Shop.
  • Extract from : « The Status Civilization » by Robert Sheckley
  • If I'd known anything about Pietro's expedition, I'd have wrapped myself in my phobia and loved it.
  • Extract from : « Let'em Breathe Space » by Lester del Rey
  • She had been afraid of menstruation and of marriage, and had at this time almost a phobia for pregnancy and childbirth.
  • Extract from : « Outwitting Our Nerves » by Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
  • Or the effect may be the development of a phobia that in extreme cases may cause the death of the patient.
  • Extract from : « The London Mercury, Vol. I, Nos. 1-6, November 1919 to April 1920 » by Various
  • A phobia is an insistent and engrossing fear, without adequate cause as judged by ordinary standards.
  • Extract from : « Why Worry? » by George Lincoln Walton, M.D.
  • The phobia is almost universal; it has permeated all classes of society from highest to lowest.
  • Extract from : « Evening Round Up » by William Crosbie Hunter
  • I reported the Analysis of the Phobia of a five-year-old Boy which the father of the little patient had put at my disposal.
  • Extract from : « Totem and Taboo » by Sigmund Freud

Antonyms for phobia

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