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Monday, October 26, 2015

Definitions for taphephobia

  1. Psychiatry. an abnormal fear of being buried alive.

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Citations for taphephobia
He had claustrophobia, taphephobia, any and every kind of phobia that steered one clear of dark, confining spaces. John Skipp and Craig Spector, The Scream, 1987
Hans Christian Andersen, the spinner of fairy tales, was terrified by the prospect of being buried alive; his taphephobia (“fear of the grave”) led to him placing a note at his bedside each night explaining that he was not dead but asleep. Anjana Ahuja, "Evolutionary roots of an urge to bite in a sporting competition," Financial Times, June 26, 2014
Origin of taphephobia
Taphephobia is a combination of the Greek word taphḗ, meaning "grave," and the combining form -phobia meaning "fear."