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An abnormal fear of lightning and thunder.

[Greek astrapē, lightning; see ster- in Indo-European roots + -phobia.]

as′tra·phobe′ n.
as′tra·pho′bic adj.
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(ˌæstrəˈfəʊbɪə) or


a fear of thunder and lightning
[C20: see astro-, -phobia]
ˌastraˈphobic, ˌastroˈphobic adj
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astraphobia, astrapophobia

an abnormal fear of lightning.
See also: Lightning
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.astraphobia - a morbid fear of thunder and lightningastraphobia - a morbid fear of thunder and lightning
simple phobia - any phobia (other than agoraphobia) associated with relatively simple well-defined stimuli
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