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Origin of phobia
historical usage of phobia
Definition for phobia (2 of 2)
Origin of -phobia
historical usage of -phobia
There is another category of words that use the combining form -phobia to simply make antonyms of words that use the combining form -philia to describe affinity, love, or attraction, as Anglophobia versus Anglophilia. These -phobia words are not associated with a physical fear response. Instead, they indicate an aversion or distaste: ergophobia, sitophobia.
In many cases, these words indicate intolerance toward a group of people as defined by nationality, ancestry, sexual identity or orientation, creed, or race: homophobia, transphobia, Islamophobia. Though there is an element of fear when interacting with the unknown or the Other, words in this category are not primarily about anxiety; rather, they are commonly associated with hostility. The use of -phobia words to describe negative attitudes toward groups of people is therefore frequently criticized. Advocates and activists representing these groups recommend using the prefix anti- instead, in words such as antigay, antitrans, anti-Islam.
How to use phobia in a sentence
The idea of “research” settings in our popular culture tap into this phobia.
Contemporary society has gifted us with a phobia potentially as strong as acrophobia or the fear of flying: smartphone anxiety.Do You Suffer From Smartphone Anxiety? (And if So, What the Hell’s Your Problem?)|Melissa Fares|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The guy who took the cake suffered from a Vagina Dentata phobia, with attendant castration anxiety.
So there you have it: another outbreak fueled by irrational vaccine phobia.A Maddening Case of the Measles in Orthodox Jewish Brooklyn|Kent Sepkowitz|June 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
He discusses his strange phobia, what makes him cry, and what he and Gore Vidal have in common.Lev Grossman’s Weird Phobia: ‘How I Write’ Interview|Noah Charney|June 8, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Maybe he had forced himself to go with her and the power of his lifelong phobia had wiped it from his memory.
No matter how much overlay you pile on top of such a phobia to suppress it, it will continue to haunt you.
Unless the fear of sleeplessness becomes a full grown phobia, no anxiety need be felt.Think|Col. Wm. C. Hunter
Nervous breakdowns are increasing as a result of the American worry phobia.Evening Round Up|William Crosbie Hunter
Anton Varcek won't be interested, one way or another; he has what amounts to a pathological phobia about firearms of any sort.Murder in the Gunroom|Henry Beam Piper
British Dictionary definitions for phobia (1 of 2)
Word Origin for phobia
British Dictionary definitions for phobia (2 of 2)
n combining form
Derived forms of -phobia-phobic, adj combining form
Word Origin for -phobia
Medical definitions for phobia (1 of 2)
Medical definitions for phobia (2 of 2)
Cultural definitions for phobia
An extreme and often unreasonable fear of some object, concept, situation, or person.