-phobia


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-phobia

suff.
An intense fear of or aversion to a specified thing: xenophobia.

[Late Latin, from Greek -phobiā, from phobos, fear; see bhegw- in Indo-European roots.]
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-phobia

n combining form
indicating an extreme abnormal fear of or aversion to: acrophobia; claustrophobia.
[via Latin from Greek, from phobos fear]
-phobic adj combining form
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pho•bi•a

(ˈfoʊ bi ə)

n., pl. -bi•as.
a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.
[1780–90; extracted from nouns ending in -phobia]

-phobia

a combining form meaning “dread of,” “phobic aversion toward,” “unreasonable antipathy toward” a given object: agoraphobia; xenophobia.
[< Latin < Greek, =-phob(os) -phobe + -ia -ia]
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