Phobia: An Extreme or Irrational Fear or Aversion to Something

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We define a phobia as ‘an extreme or irrational fear of or aversion to something’. You are probably aware of the more common phobias, such asarachnophobia (fear of spiders), claustrophobia (fear of enclosed spaces), andagoraphobia (fear of open places), but did you know there are also words which describe the fear of idleness, worms, and even body odour? Explore the table below to discover the terms for some of the more interesting phobias you may come across. Although if you suffer from logophobia (a fear of words), it’s probably best to step away from this blog now… in fact, our dictionary site may be your worst nightmare!

Object| Phobia|
air travel| aerophobia|
American people and things| Americophobia|
animals| zoophobia|
bacteria| bacteriophobia|
beards| pogonophobia|
beating| mastigophobia|
bed| clinophobia|
bees| apiphobia|
birds| ornithophobia|
blood| haemophobia|
blushing| erythrophobia|
body odour| bromidrosiphobia|
bridges| gephyrophobia|
bullets| ballistophobia|
burial alive| taphephobia|
cancer| carcinophobia|
cats| ailurophobia|
childbirth| tocophobia|
children| paedophobia|
Chinese people and things| Sinophobia|
church| ecclesiophobia|
clouds| nephophobia|
coitus| coitophobia|
cold| cheimaphobia|
colour| chromophobia|
comets| cometophobia|
computers| cyberphobia|
constipation| coprostasophobia|
corpses| necrophobia|
correspondence| epistolophobia|
crowds| demophobia/ochlophobia|
dampness| hygrophobia|
darkness| scotophobia|
dawn| eosophobia|
death| thanatophobia|
depth| bathophobia|
dirt| mysophobia|
disease| pathophobia/nosophobia|
dogs| cynophobia|
dreams| oneirophobia|
drink| potophobia|
drugs| pharmacophobia|
dust| koniophobia|
electricity| electrophobia|
enclosed places| claustrophobia|
English people and things| Anglophobia|
everything| panophobia/pantophobia|
eyes| ommetaphobia|
faeces| coprophobia|
failure| kakorrhaphiaphobia|
fatigue| kopophobia|
fear| phobophobia|
feathers| pteronophobia|
fever| febriphobia|
fire| pyrophobia|
fish| ichthyophobia|
flesh| selaphobia|
floods| antlophobia|
flowers| anthophobia|
fog| homichlophobia|
food| cibophobia/sitophobia|
foreigners| xenophobia|
freedom| eleutherophobia|
French people and things| Francophobia/Gallophobia|
fur| doraphobia|
German people and things| Germanophobia/Teutophobia|
germs| bacteriophobia|
ghosts| phasmophobia|
glass| nelophobia|
God| theophobia|
gold| chrysophobia/aurophobia|
hair| trichophobia|
heart disease| cardiophobia|
heat| thermophobia|
heaven| uranophobia|
hell| hadephobia/stygiophobia|
heredity| patroiophobia|
high buildings| batophobia|
high places| acrophobia/hypsophobia|
home| oikophobia|
homosexuals| homophobia|
horses| hippophobia|
ice| cryophobia|
ideas| ideophobia|
idleness| thassophobia|
illness| nosophobia|
imperfection| atelophobia|
infinity| apeirophobia|
injury| traumatophobia|
inoculation| trypanophobia/vaccinophobia|
insanity| lyssophobia/maniphobia|
insects| entomophobia|
insect stings| cnidophobia|
Italian people and things| Italophobia|
itching| acarophobia|
jealousy| zelotypophobia|
justice| dikephobia|
lakes| limnophobia|
leprosy| leprophobia|
lice| pediculophobia|
light| photophobia|
lightning| astrapophobia|
lists| pinaciphobia/katastichophobia|
loneliness| autophobia/ermitophobia|
machinery| mechanophobia|
magic| rhabdophobia|
marriage| gamophobia|
men| androphobia|
metal| metallophobia|
mice| musophobia|
microbes| bacillophobia/microbiophobia|
mirrors| eisoptrophobia|
mites| acarophobia|
mobs| ochlophobia|
money| chrematophobia|
monsters, giving...
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