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phobic

[ foh-bik ]
/ ˈfoʊ bɪk /
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adjective
of or relating to a phobia or phobias.
noun
a person with a phobia.
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Origin of phobic

First recorded in 1895–1900; phob(ia) + -ic, or by abstraction from adjectives ending in -phobic

OTHER WORDS FROM phobic

non·pho·bic, adjective

Other definitions for phobic (2 of 2)

-phobic

a combining form used to form adjectives corresponding to nouns ending in -phobe: acrophobic; photophobic.

Origin of -phobic

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WORDS THAT USE -PHOBIC

What does -phobic mean?

The combining form -phobic is used like a suffix to create the adjective form of words ending in -phobe, a form that roughly means “someone with a fear.” In other words, -phobic means “of, relating to, or characteristic of something with a fear.” It is often used in scientific terms, especially in psychology and biology.

The form -phobic is made from a combination of two combining forms. The first is -phobe, from Greek phóbos, meaning “fear” or “panic.” The second form is the suffix -ic. The suffix -ic ultimately comes from Greek -ikos, an ending used to form adjectives.

What are variants of –phobic?

While -phobic doesn’t have any variants, it is related to two other combining forms: -phobia and -phobe. Want to know more? Check out our Words that Use articles for each form.

Examples of -phobic

An example of a word you may have encountered that features -phobic is agoraphobic, “of, relating to, or characteristic of an irrational or disproportionate fear of being in crowds, public places, or open areas.”

The agora- part of the word comes from Greek agorā́, meaning “assembly” or “marketplace,” while -phobic means “relating to something with a phobia.” Agoraphobic literally translates to “relating to a fear of the marketplace.”

What are some words that use the combining form –phobic?

What are some other forms that -phobic may be commonly confused with?

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How to use phobic in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for phobic

phobic
/ (ˈfəʊbɪk) /

adjective
of, relating to, or arising from a phobia
noun
a person suffering from a phobia
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Medical definitions for phobic (1 of 2)

phobic
[ fōbĭk ]

adj.
Of, relating to, arising from, or having a phobia.
n.
One who has a phobia.

Medical definitions for phobic (2 of 2)

-phobic

suff.
Having a fear of or aversion for:photophobic.
Lacking an affinity for:lyophobic.
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