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anthophobia

[ an-thuh-foh-bee-uh ]
/ ˌæn θəˈfoʊ bi ə /
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noun

an irrational or disproportionate fear of flowers.

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Origin of anthophobia

First recorded in 1835–40; antho- + -phobia
an·tho·pho·bic, adjective, noun
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What does anthophobia mean?

Anthophobia is the abnormal fear of flowers.

Some people have phobias, which are ”fears associated with specific objects or activities.” These abnormal (unusual) fears are typically considered irrational (not based on reason) because the object of the fear isn’t usually harmful. Often, these fears are formed around a traumatic event.

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Example: Stacey developed anthophobia as a child after having a severe allergic reaction to a plant and associating the danger with all flowers.

Where does anthophobia come from?

Anthophobia is a combination of antho- (from a Greek word meaning “flower”) and -phobia (from a Greek word meaning “fear”). It follows the same pattern as many words for specific phobias, such as arachnophobia (fear of spiders).

Most people enjoy flowers because of their beautiful colors and shapes. But in extremely rare cases, the sight of flowers can instill deep anxiety or terror. Anthophobia is usually brought on by an additional factor, such as the fear of getting stung by a bee hiding in the flowers or of having an allergic reaction to a plant. In many cases, a person with anthophobia has experienced a traumatic scenario like these, and their worries have become linked with flowers. This  abnormal fear rooted in a past trauma is the case for most phobias. People with anthophobia typically understand that their anxiety is irrational but are still affected by psychological reactions that trigger fear.

Anthophobia, like other -phobia words, is more often used in formal settings, since the more straightforward phrase “fear of flowers” usually suffices.

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What are some other forms of anthophobia?

  • anthophobic

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How is anthophobia used in real life?

As with all phobias, it is best to discuss anthophobia with a sincere tone that doesn’t make light of someone’s fears, even if they are irrational.

 

Try using anthophobia!

Which part of the word anthophobia relates to flowers?

A. antho
B. phobia
C. phob
D. obia

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