Origin of phobic
OTHER WORDS FROM phobicnon·pho·bic, adjective
Other definitions for phobic (2 of 2)
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
She will allow that over the years her initially phobic view of Germans has moderated.Life Under Air Strikes: Children Under Fire Will Never Forget — or Forgive|Clive Irving|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
If Leonard was your boyfriend, you would call him commitment-phobic: he recorded and recorded but seemed never to release.The Stacks: How Leonard Chess Helped Make Muddy Waters|Alex Belth|August 2, 2014|DAILY BEAST
We are phobic about flying, but not about driving - although driving is vastly more dangerous.Guns are Dangerous, Even When Used by Good Men|David Frum|April 29, 2013|DAILY BEAST
On cue, they were eaten by the vitamin- and-fiber-phobic comedian.Michelle Obama’s Charm Offensive|Margaret Carlson|February 5, 2012|DAILY BEAST
As any bride-to-be knows, men can be notoriously commitment phobic.Gay Marriage Gets Cold Feet|Jessica Bennett|July 2, 2011|DAILY BEAST
Are you depressed (see 5, Table 1) or phobic (see 4.2, Table 1)?When You Don't Know Where to Turn|Steven J. Bartlett
These are people too hesitant, or phobic to commit themselves to the assumption of any kind of risk.After the Rain|Sam Vaknin
With tobacco-phobic pamphlets by the learnd prigs who fight you!Pipe and Pouch|Various