claustrophilia


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claustrophilia

(ˌklɔːstrəˈfɪlɪə; ˌklɒs-)
n
(Psychology) abnormal pleasure derived from being in a confined space
[C21: from claustro-, from Latin claustrum cloister + -philia ]

claustrophilia

an abnormal desire to be closed in, to shut all windows and doors. — claustrophile, n.claustrophilic, adj.
See also: -Phile, -Philia, -Phily
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CLAUSTROPHILIA: Abnormal pleasure derived from being in a confined space ie, "His claustrophilia was overwhelming - he'd shut himself away in cluttered cupboards and stay in the lift for hours on end.
She dismissed speculation that Mr Williams died as a result of some kind of "auto-erotic activity", also denying there was any evidence to suggest claustrophilia - the love of enclosed spaces - was of any interest to him.
Finally, I think that the mid-twentieth century, that shell shocked time of conformism, consolidation and claustrophilia, deserves closer and more empathetic attention--as the relevant chapters show, it was more than just a damp, dank interval between the Easter Rising and the Sixties, yet somehow its proper character gets lost amidst the narrative preferences for rebellion, innovative experiment and multiculturalism.