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Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Definitions for ochlophobia

  1. Psychiatry. an abnormal fear of crowds.

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Citations for ochlophobia
"The man's got pedophobia, homichlophobia, dromophobia, xenophobia, ochlophobia, haphephobia, planomania, kleptophobia, thanatophobia, he's an onychophagist, he's got gerontophobia, but notice he has no dysphagia…" George Friel, Mr. Alfred, M.A., 1972
As the plane leveled her discomfort ebbed. Agoraphobia. Demophobia. Enochlophobia. Ochlophobia. She knew the terms but refused to label her condition a phobia. Rick Mofina, The Panic Zone, 2010
Origin of ochlophobia
Ochlophobia entered English in the late 1800s from the Greek roots meaning "mob" and "fear."