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Phobias and phobic stimuli

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A Dictionary of Psychology

Appendix I: Phobias and phobic stimuli

A phobia is a persistent, irrational fear of an object, event, activity, or situation, called the phobic stimulus, resulting in a compelling desire to avoid it—a more detailed definition is given under the headword phobia in the main body of the dictionary, and the correct term for irrational fears that do not qualify as true phobias is defined under the headword paraphobia. This is probably a more comprehensive inventory of phobias and their etymologies than any previously published, but it has no pretensions to completeness. Virtually anything is capable of becoming a phobic stimulus, and names of phobias are often coined as nonce words, hence the number of potential phobias is unlimited, and any attempt to list them exhaustively would be futile. The entries in this appendix are restricted to phobias that have been discussed in serious publications or catalogued in general or specialist reference works. In addition to etymologies, the table includes cross-references and occasional comments on usage. Phobias with separate entries in the main body of the dictionary are flagged.

The names of most phobias are formed by combining a Greek prefix denoting the phobic stimulus with the suffix -phobia (from Greek phobos fear + -ia indicating a condition or quality). But many names of phobias are neoclassical hybrids, combining a Latin prefix with the Greek suffix, a typical example—one is tempted to say a classic example—being claustrophobia. Although frowned on by linguistic purists, this type of word-formation is well established in contemporary English: compare sociology, television, monolingual. There are also a few phobias that are named by combining an English (or other modern language) prefix with the Greek suffix, for example computerphobia.

What follows is a double-entry list. Each phobia can be looked up either under its technical name, where the phobic stimulus is specified and a brief etymology is given, or (excepting panphobia) under its distinguishing phobic stimulus or stimuli—spiders, confined spaces, heights, and so on—where the name of the corresponding phobia will be found. After looking up the name of a phobia, the entry under the corresponding phobic stimulus may then be consulted for alternative names, if any, of the same phobia; or after looking up a phobic stimulus, the entry under the corresponding phobia may be consulted for further information, including its etymology and occasional cross-references.

ablutophobia

Bathing. [From Latin ablutio the act of washing, from abluere to wash away]

acarophobia

Bugs, mites, and other small creatures. Compare microphobia, parasitiophobia. [From Greek akaris a mite]

accidents

Dystychiphobia.

acerbophobia

Sour tastes. Also called acerophobia. [From Latin acerbus sour, from acer sharp]

achluophobia

Darkness. [From Greek achlys mist]

acousticophobia

Noise. [From Greek akoustikos relating to sound, from akouein to hear + -itikos resembling or marked by]

acrophobia

Heights. Compare bathophobia. [From Greek akros highest]

action

Ergasiophobia.

adolescents

Ephebophobia.

aelurophobia

See ailurophobia.

aeroacrophobia

High open places. [From Greek aer air + akron extreme or topmost]

aeronausiphobia

Flying in an aircraft. Compare aviophobia. [From Greek aer air + naus a ship]

aerophobia

Draughts or (loosely) flying. [From Greek aer air]

ageing

Gerascophobia.

agoraphobia

Public places, crowds, travelling alone, or being away from home (for more detail, see the entry in the main body of the dictionary). [From Greek agora a market-place]

agrizoophobia

Wild animals. [From Latin ager a field + Greek zoion an animal]

agyrophobia

Crossing streets or thoroughfares. [From Greek a- without + Latin gyrare to turn, from gyrus a circle]

aibohphobia

Palindromes. [A jocular formation that is itself a palindrome]

aichmophobia

Sharp or pointed objects or knives. [From Greek aichme the point of a spear]

ailurophobia

Cats. Also spelt aelurophobia. Also called gatophobia or (not quite accurately) galeophobia. [From Greek ailouros a cat]

aircraft (flying in)

Aeronausiphobia or (loosely) aerophobia.

alcoholic drinks

Potophobia or dipsophobia.

alektorophobia

Chickens. [From Greek alektor a rooster]

algophobia

Pain. [From Greek algos pain]

alliumphobia

Garlic. [From Latin allium garlic]

allodoxaphobia

Contrary or other opinions. [From Greek allos other + doxa an opinion, from dokeein to think]

alone (being)

Autophobia, eremophobia, or monophobia.

amathophobia

Dust. [From Greek amathos sand]

amaxophobia

Vehicles or travelling in a vehicle. Compare hodophobia. [From Greek amaxa a wagon]

amnesia

Amnesiophobia.

amnesiophobia

Amnesia or forgetting. [From Greek amnesia oblivion]

amychophobia

Being scratched. [From Greek mychia a scratch]

anablephobia

Looking up. [From Greek ana up + blepein to look]

androphobia

Men. [From Greek andros of a man]

anemophobia

Wind, draughts, or cyclones. [From Greek anemos wind]

anginophobia

Choking or suffocation. [From Latin angina of the chest]

Anglophobia

England or English people or culture. [From Latin Anglus English]

animals

Zoophobia.

animals, wild

Agrizoophobia.

ankylophobia

Stiffening of a joint. [From Greek ankylosis joint stiffening, from ankyloein to crook]

anthophophobia

Flowers. [From Greek anthos a flower]

anthrophobia

An aberrant form of anthropophobia.

anthropophobia

Humanity or human beings. Also called phobanthropy. [From Greek anthropos human]

antlophobia

Floods. [From Greek antlia a pump]

ants

Myrmecophobia.

anus

Proctophobia.

apeirophobia

Infinity or endlessness. [From Greek apeiros endless or infinite, from a- without + peiron an end]

aphephobia

An alternative spelling of haphephobia.

apiphobia

Bees. [From Latin apis a bee]

aquaphobia

Water. [From Latin aqua water]

arachibutyrophobia

Peanut butter, especially fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth. [From Latin arachis a leguminous plant, from Greek arachos, arakis leguminous plants + boutyron butter, from bous ox + tyros cheese]

arachnophobia

Spiders. Also spelt arachnephobia or arachniphobia. [From Greek arachne a spider]

arctophobia

Bears or teddy bears. [From Greek arktos a bear]

arithmophobia

Numbers. [From Greek arithmos a number]

asthenophobia

Weakness. [From Greek a- without + sthenos strength]

astraphobia

Thunder and lightning. [From Greek astrape lightning]

astrophobia

The influence of the stars. Also called astronophobia. [From Greek astron a star]

atax(i)ophobia

Disorder. [From Greek ataxia disorder, from a- without + taxis order]

atelophobia

Incompleteness or imperfection. [From Greek ateles incomplete]

attention (being the focus of)

Social phobia.

atychiphobia

Failure. [From Greek atyches unfortunate]

aulophobia

Flutes and similar wind instruments. [From Greek aulos an ancient Greek wind instrument]

aurophobia

Gold or money. [From Greek aurum gold]

automobiles

Amaxophobia.

automysophobia

Being dirty. [From Greek autos self + mysos defilement]

autophobia

Being alone or by oneself. Compare autophoby, eremophobia. [From Greek autos self]

autophoby

Referring to oneself or drawing attention to oneself. Compare autophobia. [From Greek autos self]

aviophobia

Flying. Compare aeronausiphobia. [From Latin avis a bird]

away from home (being)

Agoraphobia.

bacilli

Bacillophobia or bacteriophobia.

bacillophobia

Bacteria or bacilli. [From Latin bacillus a little rod]

bacteria

Bacillophobia or bacteriophobia.

bacteriophobia

Bacteria or bacilli. [From Greek bakterion a little stick]

bad breath

Halitophobia.

bad luck

Dystychiphobia.

bad people

Scelerophobia.

baldness

Peladophobia or phalacrophobia.

ballistophobia

Projectiles, missiles, or thrown objects. [From Greek ballein to throw]

basiphobia

Walking. [From Greek basis a step from bainein to step or go]

bathing

Ablutophobia.

bathmophobia

Stairs or escalators. [From Greek bathmos a step]

bathophobia

Depth or looking down from high places. [From Greek bathos depth]

bathysiderodromophobia

Subways or underground trains. [From Greek bathys deep, from bathos depth + sideros iron + dromos running]

batrachophobia

Frogs, toads, and newts. [From Greek batrachos a frog]

beards or bearded men

Pogonophobia.

bears

Arctophobia.

beautiful women

Calligynephobia.

bed (going to)

Clinophobia.

bees

Apiphobia or melissophobia.

behaviour

Ergasiophobia.

belonephobia

Sharp, pointed objects. [From Greek belone a needle]

bibliophobia

Books. [From Greek biblion a book]

bicycling

Cyclophobia.

biophobia

Life or living things. [From Greek bios life]

birds

Ornithophobia.

black people

Colorphobia (US), Negrophobia.

blennophobia

Slime or mucus. Compare myxophobia. [From Greek blennos mucus]

blind spots

Scotomaphobia.

blood

Haematophobia or haemophobia.

blushing

Erythrophobia.

body odour

Bromidrosiphobia.

bogeyphobia

Bogies. [From the Scots bogle a spectre or goblin]

bogeys

Bogeyphobia or bogyphobia.

bogyphobia

An alternative spelling of bogeyphobia.

books

Bibliophobia.

botanophobia

Plants. [From Greek botane a plant]

boys

Paedophobia.

breasts

Kolpophobia.

bridges

Gephyrophobia.

bromidrosiphobia

Body odour. Compare osmophobia. [From Greek bromos a stink + drosos moisture]

brontophobia

Thunder or thunderstorms. [From Greek bronte thunder]

bufophobia

Toads. [From Latin bufo a toad]

bugs

Acarophobia.

bulls

Taurophobia.

burglary

Kleptophobia.

burial alive

Taphophobia.

cacohydrophobia

Sewer water and sewers. Also spelt kakohydrophobia. [From Greek kakos bad + hydor water]

caenophobia

Novelty or new things or ideas. Also called cainophobia, caenotophobia, cainotophobia, cenophobia, cenotophobia, kainophobia, kainotophobia. Compare neophobia. [From Greek kainos new]

caino(to)phobia

See caenophobia.

calligynephobia

Beautiful women. [From Greek kallos beauty + gyne a woman]

cancer

Cancer(o)phobia, carcinomatophobia, or carcinophobia.

cancerphobia

Cancer. Also called cancerophobia. [From English cancer, from Latin cancer a crab, alluding to the manner in which it creeps]

canophobia

Dogs. [From Latin canis a dog]

carcinophobia

Cancer. Also called carcinomatophobia. [From Greek karkinos a crab]

cardiophobia

Heart disease or heart attacks. [From Greek kardia heart]

carnophobia

Meat. [From Latin caro, carnis meat]

cars

Amaxophobia.

catagelophobia

Ridicule or humiliation. [From Greek kata down + gelaein to laugh]

catapedaphobia

Jumping. [From Greek kata down + Latin pes, pedis a foot]

cathisophobia

Sitting down. Also spelt kathisophobia. [From Greek kata down + hizein to seat]

catoptrophobia

Reflections or mirrors. Also called spectrophobia. [From Greek katoptron a mirror, from kata back and optos seen]

cats

Ailurophobia or gatophobia.

Celtophobia

Celts. [From English Celt, from Latin Celtae the Celts]

Celts

Celtophobia.

cemeteries

Coimetrophobia.

cenotophobia

See caenophobia.

censorship

Logocrisiaphobia.

chaerophobia

See cherophobia.

chairophobia

See cherophobia.

change

Metathesiophobia or tropophobia.

cheimaphobia

Cold weather. Also called cheimatophobia. [From Greek cheimon winter]

cherophobia

Gaiety or fun. Also spelt chaerophobia, chairophobia. [From Greek chero to be pleased]

chickens

Alektorophobia.

childbirth or labour

Maieusiophobia, parturiphobia, or tocophobia.

children

Paedophobia.

China or Chinese people or culture

Sinophobia.

chins

Geniophobia.

chionophobia

Snow. [From Greek chion snow]

chiraptophobia

Being touched by someone's hand. [From Greek cheir a hand + haptein to touch]

choking

Anginophobia, pnigophobia, or pnigerophobia.

cholera

Cholerophobia.

cholerophobia

Cholera. [From Greek cholera jaundice, from chole bile]

chopsticks

Consecotaleophobia.

chorophobia

Dancing. [From Greek choros a dance]

chrematophobia

Wealth or money. [From Greek chrema, chrematos money]

Christian fathers, early

Paterphobia.

chrom(at)ophobia

A particular colour or colours. [From Greek chroma, chromatos colour]

chronophobia

Time. [From Greek chronos time]

church

Ecclesiophobia.

cibophobia

Food. [From Latin cibus food]

claustrophobia

Confined spaces. [From Latin claustrum an enclosed space]

cleisiophobia

Closed spaces. [From Greek kleistos closed]

climacophobia

Stairs. [From Greek klimax a ladder]

clinophobia

Going to bed. [From Greek kline a bed]

clithrophobia

Being locked up or confined. [From Greek kleithron a bar]

closed spaces

Claustrophobia or cleisiophobia.

clouds

Nephophobia.

cnidophobia

Nettle stings or stings in general. [From Greek knide a nettle or sea-anemone]

coimetrophobia

Cemeteries. [From Greek koimeterion a room for sleeping, from koiman to put to sleep]

coitophobia

Sexual intercourse. Compare cypridophobia. [From Latin coitio coitus, from co- together + ire, itum to go]

cold

Cheimaphobia, cheimatophobia, frigophobia, or psychrophobia.

colorphobia

Coloured people or black people (US). [From English color, US spelling of colour, from Latin color colour or complexion]

colour (particular)

Chrom(at)ophobia.

coloured people

Colorphobia (US), Negrophobia.

cometophobia

Comets. [From English comet, from Greek kometes long-haired, from kome hair]

comets

Cometophobia.

computerphobia

Computers. [From English computer, from Latin computare to calculate, from com- together + putare to reckon]

computers

Computerphobia or cyberphobia.

confined spaces

Claustrophobia or cleisiophobia.

consecotaleophobia

Chopsticks, or using chopsticks. [From Latin consecare to cut into pieces or chop up, from con- completely + secare to cut + talea a rod or stick]

constipation

Coprostasophobia.

contamination

Mysophobia, rhypophobia, or scatophobia.

contrary opinions

Allodoxaphobia.

coprophobia

Faeces (feces) or dung. [From Greek kopros dung]

coprostasophobia

Constipation. [From Greek kopros dung + stasis a standstill]

corpses

Necrophobia.

cremnophobia

Precipices or steep places. [From Greek kremannynai to hang]

criticism

Enissophobia.

criticophobia

Critics. [From English critic, from Greek kritikos of or relating to judgement, from krinein to judge]

critics

Criticophobia.

crossing streets

Dromphobia, agyrophobia.

crowds

Agoraphobia, demophobia, ochlophobia.

crucifixes

Staurophobia.

cryophobia

Frost or ice. [From Greek kryos frost]

cyberphobia

Another name for computerphobia. [From Greek kybernetes a steersman]

cycling or cyclists

Cyclophobia.

cyclones

Anemophobia.

cyclophobia

Cycling or cyclists. [From English cycle, from Greek kyklos a wheel]

cynophobia

Another name for canophobia. [From Greek kynos a dog]

cyprianophobia

Prostitutes. [From Greek Kypris Venus, the goddess of love]

cypridophobia

Venereal disease and sexual activity. Compare coitophobia, genophobia. [From Greek Kypris Venus, the goddess of love]

daemonophobia

See demonophobia.

dampness

Hygrophobia.

dancing

Chorophobia.

darkness

Achluophobia, nyctophobia, scotophobia.

dawn

Eosophobia.

daylight

Phengophobia.

death and dying

Thanatophobia, necrophobia.

decidophobia

Decisions or decision making. [From English decide, from Latin decidere to decide, from de away + caedere to cut]

decisions

Decidophobia.

defecation

Rhypophobia.

deformity

Dysmorphophobia.

deipnophobia

Dinner-parties or dining. [From Greek deipnon dinner]

dementia

Dementophobia.

dementophobia

Dementia or insanity. [From Latin dementare to drive mad, from de from + mens, mentis mind]

demonophobia

Demons. Also spelt daemonophobia. [From Greek daimon a spirit or deity]

demons

Demonophobia.

demophobia

Crowds. [From Greek demos the people]

dendrophobia

Trees. [From Greek dendron a tree]

depth

Bathophobia.

dermatopathophobia

Skin disease. [From Greek derma, dermatos skin + pathos suffering]

dermatophobia

Skin. Compare doraphobia. [From Greek derma, dermatos skin]

deserted places

Eremophobia.

design (doctrine of)

Teleophobia.

destitution

Peniaphobia.

devil

Satanophobia.

diabetes

Diabetophobia.

diabetophobia

Diabetes. [From English diabetes, from Greek diabetes a siphon, from dia through + banein to go]

didaskaleinophobia

Teaching. [From Greek didaskalein to teach]

dikephobia

Justice. [From Greek dikaios just]

dinner parties or dining

Deipnophobia.

dipsophobia

Drinks or drinking. [From Greek dipsa thirst]

dirt

Coprophobia, mysophobia, rhypophobia, scatophobia.

dirty (being)

Automysophobia.

disease

Pathophobia.

disease (contracting a specific)

Nosophobia or monopathophobia.

disorder

Ataxiophobia or ataxophobia.

doctors

Iatrophobia.

dogs

Canophobia or cynophobia.

dolls

Pupaphobia.

domatophobia

Being confined at home. Compare oikophobia. [From Greek domation diminutive of doma a house]

doraphobia

Fur. Compare dermatophobia. [From Greek dora skinning]

draughts

(US drafts) Aerophobia or anemophobia.

drinking

Dipsophobia, phobodipsia, potophobia.

dromophobia

Crossing streets. [From Greek dromos a public way]

drugs (medicinal)

Pharmacophobia.

dung

Coprophobia, rhypophobia, or scatophobia.

dust

Amathophobia.

duty (neglecting)

Paraleipophobia.

dysmorphophobia

Any personal physical deformity (for more detail, see the entry in the main body of the dictionary). [From Greek dys bad or abnormal + morphe form]

dystychiphobia

Accidents or bad luck. [From Greek dys bad or abnormal + tyche luck]

eating

Cibophobia, phagophobia.

ecclesiophobia

The Church and its traditions. [From Greek ekklesia the church]

economic globalization

Globaphobia.

ecophobia

See oikophobia.

emetophobia

Vomiting. [From Greek emetikos causing vomiting, from emeein to vomit + -itikos resembling or marked by]

empty spaces

Kenophobia.

endlessness

Apeirophobia.

England or English people or culture

Anglophobia.

enissophobia

Criticism. [From Greek enisso attack or reproach]

entomophobia

Insects. [From Greek entomon an insect]

eosophobia

Dawn or sunrise. [From Greek eos dawn]

ephebophobia

Adolescents. [From Latin ephebus an adolescent, from Greek ephebos a young citizen from 18 to 20 years of age, from epi above + hebe young manhood]

epistaxiophobia

Nosebleeds. [From Greek epistazein to shed in drops, from epi on + stazein to drip]

epistemophobia

Knowledge. [From Greek episteme knowledge]

equinophobia

Another name for hippophobia. [From Latin equinus of or pertaining to horses, from equus a horse]

erection (loss of during intercourse)

Mesomalacophobia.

erect penises

Ithyphallophobia.

eremophobia

Solitude, loneliness, or deserted places. [From Greek eremos a desert]

ergasiophobia

Behaviour or action. Compare ergophobia, ponophobia. [From Greek ergasia work or business]

ergophobia

Work. Compare ergasiophobia, ponophobia. [From Greek ergon work]

erotica

Cypridophobia, erotophobia, or pornophobia.

erotophobia

Sex. Compare genophobia. [From Greek Eros the god of love]

erythrophobia

Blushing or the colour red. [From Greek erythros red]

escalators

Bathmophobia.

Europe or the European Union (EU)

Europhobia.

Europhobia

Europe or (more commonly) the European Union (EU). [From English Europe, from Europa a princess of Tyre in Greek mythology]

everything

Pantophobia.

evil eye

Ommatophobia.

evil people

Scelerophobia.

exhaustion

Kopophobia.

eyes

Ommatophobia.

faeces

(US feces) Coprophobia, rhypopho-bia, or scatophobia.

failure

Atychiphobia or kakorraphiophobia.

Fathers (of the early Church)

Paterophobia.

fatigue

Kopophobia.

fear

Phobophobia.

feathers

Pteronophobia.

febriphobia

Fever. Also applied to a generalized fear resulting from a rise in body temperature. [From Latin febris fever]

feces

Coprophobia, rhypophobia, or scatophobia.

feminophobia

Women. [From Latin femina a woman]

fever

Febriphobia or pyrexiophobia.

filth

Coprophobia, mysophobia, rhypophobia, or scatophobia.

final causes (doctrine of)

Teleophobia.

fire

Pyrophobia.

fish

Ichthyophobia.

flashing lights

Selaphobia.

flogging

Mastigophobia.

floods

Antlophobia.

flowers

Anthophophobia.

flutes

Aulophobia.

flying

Aeronausiphobia, aerophobia, or aviophobia.

fog

Homichlophobia, nebulophobia.

food

Cibophobia, sitophobia, or sitiophobia.

foreigners

Xenophobia.

foreign languages

Xenoglossophobia.

forests

Hylephobia or xylophobia.

forgetting

Amnesiophobia.

France or French people or culture

Francophobia or Gallophobia.

Francophobia

France or French people or culture. [From Latin Francus a Frank]

Friday the 13th

Parascevedekatriaphobia.

fright

Hormephobia.

frigophobia

Cold (for a specific Chinese form, see pa-leng in the main body of the dictionary). [From Latin frigus cold]

frogs

Batrachophobia, ranidaphobia.

frost

Cryophobia.

fun

Cherophobia or hedonophobia.

fur

Doraphobia.

gaiety

Cherophobia.

galeophobia

Weasels, martens, or (loosely) cats. [From Greek galee a weasel or marten]

Gallophobia

France or French people or culture. [From Latin Gallus a Gaul]

gamophobia

Marriage. [From Greek gamos marriage]

garlic

Alliumphobia.

gatophobia

Cats. [From Spanish gato a cat]

gelophobia

Laughter. [From Greek gelaein to laugh]

geniophobia

Chins. [From Greek genus a jaw]

genophobia

Sex or sexual intercourse. [From Greek genos begetting or producing]

genuphobia

Knees, or having a knee bent backwards. [From Latin genu a knee]

gephyrophobia

Bridges or crossing bridges. [From Greek gephyra a bridge]

gerascophobia

Ageing or old age. [From Greek geras old age]

Germanophobia

Germany or German people or culture. [From English German, from Latin Germanus German]

Germany or German people or culture

Germanophobia, Teutonophobia, Teutophobia.

germs

Bacillophobia or bacteriophobia.

gerontophobia

Old people or old age. [From Greek geron, gerontos an old man]

geumaphobia

Tastes. [From Greek geume taste]

ghosts

Phasmaphobia.

girls

Parthenophobia.

glass

Hyalophobia.

globalization

Globaphobia.

globaphobia

Globalization. [From Latin globus a globe or sphere]

glossophobia

Speaking. [From Greek glossa a tongue]

God

Theophobia.

gold

Aurophobia.

graphophobia

Writing. [From Greek graphein to write]

Greek language, people, or culture

Hellenophobia.

Greek terminology

Hellenologophobia.

gymnophobia

Nudity. [From Greek gymnos naked]

gynephobia

Women. Also spelt gynophobia. [From Greek gyne a woman]

hadephobia

Hell. [From Greek Hades the underworld abode of the dead]

haematophobia

Blood or the sight of blood. Also called haemophobia, hematophobia, hemophobia. [From Greek haima blood]

haemophobia

Blood or the sight of blood. Also called haematophobia, hematophobia, hemophobia. [From Greek haima blood]

hair (excessive or unwanted)

Hypertrichophobia, trichopathophobia, or trichophobia.

halitophobia

Bad breath. [From Latin halitus breath, from halare to breathe]

hamartophobia

Sin. Compare peccatophobia. [From Greek hamartia sin or error of judgement]

haphephobia

Being touched by another person. Also spelt aphephobia. [From Greek haphe touch]

haptephobia

Being touched by another person. [From Greek haptein to touch]

heart disease or heart attacks

Cardiophobia.

heat

Thermophobia.

heaven

Uranophobia.

hedonophobia

Pleasure. [From Greek hedone pleasure]

heights

Acrophobia, hypsosophobia.

heliophobia

The sun or sunlight. Compare phengophobia, photophobia. [From Greek helios the sun]

hell

Stygiophobia, hadephobia.

hellenologophobia

Greek terminology or scientific jargon. [From Greek Hellen a Greek + logos word, discourse, or reason]

Hellenophobia

Greek people or culture. [From Greek Hellen a Greek]

helminthophobia

Worms. [From Greek helmins, helminthos a worm]

hematophobia

US spelling of haematophobia.

hemophobia

US spelling of haemophobia.

hereditary disorders

Patriophobia.

heresy

Heresyphobia.

heresyphobia

Heresy. [From Greek hairesis school of thought, from haireein to take]

herpetophobia

Reptiles. [From Greek herpeton a reptile, from herpein to creep]

hierophobia

Religion or the objects and rituals associated with religion. [From Greek hieros sacred]

high open places

Aeroacrophobia.

hippophobia

Horses. [From Greek hippos a horse]

hodophobia

Travelling. Compare agoraphobia, amaxophobia. [From Greek hodos a way]

home

Domatophobia, oikophobia.

home (being away from)

Agoraphobia.

homichlophobia

Fog or mist. [From Greek omichle fog or mist]

homilophobia

Sermons or sermonizing. [From Greek homilia a sermon, from homos the same + ile a company]

homophobia

Homosexuals or homosexuality. [From English homo(sexual), from Greek homos the same + Latin sexus sex]

homosexuals or homosexuality

Homophobia.

hoplophobia

Weapons. [From Greek hoplon a weapon]

hormephobia

Shock or fright. [From Greek hormaein to stir up]

horses

Equinophobia or hippophobia.

hospitals

Nosocomephobia.

house (one's)

Oikophobia. Compare domatophobia, ecophobia.

human beings or humanity

Anthropophobia.

humiliation

Catagelophobia.

hurricanes

Lilapsophobia.

hyalophobia

Glass. [From Greek hyalos glass]

hydrophobia

Water. As a symptom of rabies, hydrophobia is an inability to swallow water as a result of a contraction of the throat. Compare hydrophobiaphobia. [From Greek hydor water]

hydrophobiaphobia

Rabies. Compare hydrophobia. [From English hydrophobia]

hygrophobia

Dampness or moisture. [From Greek hygros wet]

hylephobia

Forests or wood. Also spelt hylophobia. [From Greek hyle wood]

hypaegiaphobia

Responsibility. [From Greek hypo under + aigis the shield of Zeus]

hypengyophobia

Responsibility. [From Greek hypo under + engys close]

hypertrichophobia

Excessive personal bodily hair. Compare trichopathophobia, trichophobia. [From Greek hyper over + trichos of hair]

hypnophobia

Falling asleep. [From Greek hypnos sleep]

hypsosophobia

Heights. [From Greek hypsos height]

iatrophobia

Doctors or visiting a doctor. [From Greek iatros a physician]

ice

Cryophobia.

ichthyophobia

Fish. [From Greek ichthys a fish]

iconophobia

Images. [From Greek eikon an image, from eikenai to be like]

illness

Pathophobia.

illness (contracting a specific)

Nosophobia.

images

Iconophobia.

imperfection

Atelophobia.

impotence during intercourse

Mesomalacophobia.

incompleteness

Atelophobia.

infinity

Apeirophobia.

injections

Trypanophobia.

injury

Traumatophobia.

inoculation (performing)

Vaccinophobia.

insanity

Dementophobia, lyssophobia, or phrenophobia.

insects

Entomophobia.

intercourse (sexual)

Genophobia.

iophobia

1. Being poisoned. 2. Rusty objects. [From Greek ios poison or rust]

iron

Siderophobia.

Italophobia

Italy or Italian people or culture. [From Greek Italia Italy]

Italy or Italian people or culture

Italophobia.

ithyphallophobia

Erect penises. [From Greek ithyphallos an erect penis, from ithys straight + phallos an erect penis]

jealousy

Zelophobia.

joint, stiffening of

Ankylophobia.

Judaeophobia

Judaism. [From Latin iudaicus pertaining to Judaism, from Iuda Judah, a son of Israel]

Judaism

Judaeophobia.

jumping

Catapedaphobia.

justice

Dikephobia.

kaino(to)phobia

See caenophobia.

kakohydrophobia

See cacohydrophobia.

kakorr(h)aphiophobia

Failure. [From Greek kakos bad + raphi a shelf]

katagelophobia

Ridicule or being laughed at. [From Greek kata down + gelaein to laugh]

kathisophobia

Sitting down. Also spelt cathisophobia. [From Greek kata down + hizein to seat]

kenophobia

Empty spaces. [From Greek kenos empty]

keraunophobia

Thunder. [From Greek keraunos a thunderbolt]

kinesophobia

Motion or movement. Also called kinetophobia. [From Greek kinesis movement, from kineein to move]

kissing

Philemaphobia.

kleptomaniac (becoming)

Kleptophobia.

kleptophobia

Thieves, thieving, burglary, or becoming a kleptomaniac. [From Greek kleptein to steal]

knee, bending back of

Genuphobia.

knees

Genuphobia.

knives

Aichmophobia.

knowledge

Epistemophobia.

kolpophobia

Breasts. [From Greek kolpos a breast]

kopophobia

Becoming tired or exhausted. [From Greek kopos fatigue]

kymophobia

Waves. [From Greek kyma a wave]

laevophobia

The left-hand side of one's body or other objects. Also spelt levophobia. [From Latin laevus left]

lakes

Limnophobia.

laliophobia

Speaking or making errors while speaking. Also spelt lalophobia. [From Greek lalia chatter, from lalein to babble]

large objects

Macrophobia or megalophobia.

laughed at (being)

Katagelophobia.

laughter

Gelophobia.

learning

Sophophobia.

leaves

Phyllophobia.

left-hand side

Laevophobia or levophobia.

lepraphobia

Another name for leprophobia.

leprophobia

Leprosy. [From English leprosy, from Greek lepros scaly, from lepis a scale, from lepein to peel]

leprosy

Lepraphobia or leprophobia.

levophobia

US spelling of laevophobia.

lice

Pediculophobia.

lies

Mythophobia.

light

Photophobia. Compare heliophobia, phengophobia, selaphobia.

lightning

Astraphobia, selaphobia.

lilapsophobia

Hurricanes or tornadoes. [From Greek lailapas a hurricane]

limnophobia

Lakes, ponds, or pools. [From Greek limne a body of water enclosed by land]

locked up (being)

Clithrophobia.

logocrisiaphobia

Censorship. [From Greek logokrisia censorship]

logophobia

Words. [From Greek logos word]

loneliness

Autophobia, eremophobia, monophobia.

long words

Hellenologophobia or sesquipedalophobia.

looked at (being)

Scopophobia.

looking down from a high place

Bathophobia.

looking up

Anablephobia.

lousiness

Pediculophobia.

love

Philophobia.

luck (bad)

Dystychiphobia.

lutraphobia

Otters. [From Latin lutra an otter]

lyssophobia

Madness, hydrophobia, or rabies. [From Greek lyssa madness or rabies]

machines

Mechanophobia.

macrophobia

Large objects. [From Greek makros large]

madness

Lyssophobia or phrenophobia.

maieusiophobia

Childbirth or labour. [From Greek maieutikos relating to midwifery, from maia a midwife]

male sex

Androphobia.

many things

Polyphobia.

marriage

Gamophobia.

martens

Galeophobia.

mastigophobia

Being flogged or whipped. [From Greek mastix a whip]

meat

Carnophobia.

mechanophobia

Machines or machinery. [From Greek mechane a contrivance]

medicines

Pharmacophobia.

megalophobia

Large objects. [From Greek megale large]

melissophobia

Bees. [From Greek melissa a bee]

melophobia

Music. [From Greek melos a song]

memories

Mnemophobia.

men

Androphobia.

menophobia

Menstruation. [From Greek men a month]

menstruation

Menophobia.

mesomalacophobia

Loss of erection or impotence during intercourse. [From Greek mesos middle + malakos soft]

metal

Metallophobia.

metallophobia

Metal. Compare siderophobia. [From Greek metallon a mine]

metathesiophobia

Changes of position or rearrangements. [From Greek metatithenai to transpose, from meta among, with, or beside + tithenai to place]

meteorophobia

Meteors or one's success being short-lived (overnight success). [From English meteor]

meteors

Meteorophobia.

metrophobia

Poetry. [From Greek metron a measure]

mice

Muriphobia or musophobia.

microphobia

Small objects or creatures. Compare acarophobia, parasitiophobia. [From Greek mikros small]

mirrors

Catoptrophobia, spectrophobia.

missiles

Ballistophobia.

mist

Homichlophobia, nebulophobia.

mites

Acarophobia.

mnemophobia

Memories. [From Greek mneme memory, from mnasthai to remember]

mobs

Demophobia or ochlophobia.

moisture

Hygrophobia.

money

Aurophobia or chrematophobia.

monopathophobia

Contracting a specific disease. [From Greek monos single + pathos suffering]

monophobia

Being alone. [From Greek monos single or alone]

monsters

Teratophobia.

moon

Selenophobia.

motion or movement

Kinesophobia or kinetophobia.

mucus

Blennophobia or myxophobia.

muriphobia

Mice. [From Latin mus, muris a mouse]

mushrooms

Mycophobia.

music

Melophobia or musicophobia.

musicophobia

Music. [From English music]

musophobia

Mice. [From Latin mus, muris a mouse]

mycophobia

Mushrooms. [From Greek mykes a mushroom]

myrmecophobia

Ants. [From Greek myrmex an ant]

mysophobia

Contamination or dirt. [From Greek mysos defilement]

mythophobia

Lies. [From Greek mythos a myth]

myxophobia

Mucus. Compare blennophobia. [From Greek myxa mucus]

name (a particular)

Onomatophobia.

nautophobia

The sea. [From Greek nautes a sailor, from naus a ship]

nebulophobia

Fog or mist. [From Greek nephele cloud or mist]

necrophobia

Death or corpses. [From Greek nekros dead or dead body]

needles

Belonephobia.

neglecting work or duty

Paraleipophobia. Also spelt paralipophobia.

Negroes

Colorphobia (US), Negrophobia.

Negrophobia

Black people or Negroes. [From English Negro, from Latin nigrum black]

neophobia

New or novel foods (dietary neophobia) or other things. Compare caenophobia. [From Greek neos new]

nephophobia

Clouds. [From Greek nephos a cloud]

nettle stings

Cnidophobia.

new things or ideas

Caenophobia or neophobia.

newts

Batrachophobia.

night

Nyctophobia.

noise

Acousticophobia.

nosebleeds

Epistaxiophobia.

nosocomephobia

Hospitals. [From Greek nosokemeion a hospital, from nosos a disease + komein to tend]

nosophobia

Disease or contracting a disease. [From Greek nosos a disease]

novelty

Caenophobia, neophobia.

novercaphobia

Stepmothers. [From Latin noverca a stepmother]

nudity

Gymnophobia.

numbers

Arithmophobia.

nyctophobia

The night or darkness. [From Greek nyx, nyktos the night]

obscenity

Pornophobia.

ochlophobia

Crowds or mobs. [From Greek ochlos a crowd]

odontophobia

Teeth or having one's teeth worked on by a dentist. [From Greek odon a tooth]

odour (body)

(US odor) Bromidrosipho-bia.

odours

(US odors) Osmophobia.

odynophobia

Pain. [From Greek odyne pain]

oecophobia

See oikophobia.

oikophobia

One's house or home. Compare domatophobia. [From Greek oikos a house]

old age

Gerontophobia or gerascophobia.

old people

Gerontophobia.

ombrophobia

Rain or rainstorms. Applied more often to plants than to human beings. [From Greek ombros a rainstorm]

ommatophobia

Eyes or the evil eye. [From Greek omma an eye]

oneself

Autophobia.

onomatophobia

A particular name or word. [From Greek onoma a name]

ophidiophobia

Snakes. [From Greek ophis a snake]

opinions, contrary or other

Allodoxaphobia.

ornithophobia

Birds. [From Greek ornis a bird]

osmophobia

Odours or smells. Compare bromidrosiphobia. [From Greek osme a smell]

osphresiophobia

Odours or smells. Compare bromidrosiphobia. [From Greek osphresis smell]

ostraconophobia

Shellfish. [From Greek ostrakon a shell]

otters

Lutraphobia.

overnight success

Meteorophobia.

overwork

Ergophobia or ponophobia.

paedophobia

Children or boys. Also spelt pedophobia or pediophobia. Compare parthenophobia. [From Greek pais, paidos a child or a boy]

pain

Algophobia or odynophobia.

palindromes

Aibohphobia.

pamphobia

A variant spelling of panphobia.

panophobia

A variant spelling of panphobia.

panphobia

Sudden causeless fear or panic, hence a phobia without a phobic stimulus. Often misdefined and misinterpreted as fear of everything, on a mistaken assumption (a folk etymology) that it derives from the Greek pan all. Compare pantophobia, polyphobia. [From Greek Pan the god of pastures, flocks, and woods, who supposedly inspired fears]

pantophobia

Everything. Often confused with panphobia, which has a different meaning and etymology. Compare polyphobia. [From Greek pantos all]

papaphobia

The pope or popery. [From Latin papa a pope]

paper

Papyrophobia.

papyrophobia

Paper. [From Greek papyros the paper-reed]

paraleipophobia

Neglecting work or duty. Also spelt paralipophobia. [From Greek paraleipein to leave aside, from para beside + leipein to omit]

parascevedekatriaphobia

Friday the 13th. Also spelt paraskevedekatriaphobia or paraskevidekatriaphobia. Compare triskaidekaphobia. [From Latin parasceve and Greek paraskeye Friday or the day of preparation (for the Jewish sabbath), from Greek para beside or beyond + skeyos a utensil + dekatreis, dekatria thirteen, from deka ten + treis, tria three]

parasites

Parasitiophobia.

parasitiophobia

Parasites. Compare acarophobia, microphobia. [From Greek parasitos a parasite, from para beside + sitos corn]

parthenophobia

Virgins or young girls. Compare pedophobia or pediophobia. [From Greek parthenos a virgin]

parturiphobia

Childbirth or labour. [From Latin parturire to be in labour]

paterophobia

Fathers (of the early Church). [From Greek pater a father]

pathophobia

Disease. [From Greek pathos suffering]

patriophobia

Hereditary disorders. [From Greek patrios ancestral or native]

peanut butter

Arachibutyrophobia.

peccatophobia

Sinning. Also spelt peccatiphobia. Compare hamartophobia. [From Latin peccare to sin]

pediculophobia

Lousiness or infestation of lice. [From Latin pediculus a little louse]

pedophobia

or pediophobia see paedophobia.

peladophobia

Baldness or becoming bald. [From Greek pelada a disease causing haldness, from peler to deprive of hair]

peniaphobia

Poverty or destitution. [From Greek penes a destitute or needy person]

penises

Ithyphallophobia or phallophobia.

phagophobia

Eating. [From Greek phagein to eat]

phalacrophobia

Baldness. [From Greek phalakros bald-headed]

phallophobia

Penises. [From Greek phallos a penis]

phantoms

Phasmaphobia.

pharmacophobia

Medicines or medicinal drugs. [From Greek pharmakon a drug]

phasmaphobia

Ghosts or phantoms. Also spelt phasmophobia. [From Greek phasma a spectre]

phengophobia

Daylight. Compare heliophobia, photophobia, selaphobia. [From Greek phengos daylight]

philemaphobia

Kissing. [From Greek phili, philema a kiss]

philophobia

Love. [From Greek phileein to love]

philosophobia

Philosophy or philosophers. [From English philosophy, from Greek philos friend, from phileein to love + sophia wisdom]

philosophy or philosophers

Philosophobia.

phobanthropy

See anthropophobia.

phobias

Phobophobia.

phobodipsia

Drinking.

phobophobia

Fear or phobias. [From Greek phobos fear]

phonophobia

Sounds or speaking aloud. [From Greek phone a sound or voice]

photophobia

Light. This word more usually denotes a physiological hypersensitivity to light caused by conjunctivitis, etc. Compare heliophobia, phengophobia, selaphobia. [From Greek phos, photos light]

phrenophobia

Thinking or madness. [From Greek phren mind, originally midriff, the supposed seat of the mind]

phronemophobia

Thinking. [From Greek phroneein to think]

phthisiophobia

Tuberculosis. [From English phthisis tuberculosis]

phyllophobia

Leaves. [From Greek phyllon a leaf]

places (certain)

Topophobia.

plants

Botanophobia.

plutophobia

Wealth. [From Greek plautos wealth] pneumatophobia Spiritual things. [From Greek pneuma spirit]

pnigophobia

Choking or suffocating. Also called pnigerophobia. [From Greek pnygyros choking]

poetry

Metrophobia.

pogonophobia

Beards or bearded men. [From Greek pogon a beard]

poinephobia

Punishment. Compare rhabdophobia. [From Greek poinikos punitive]

pointed objects

Aichmophobia or belonephobia.

poison or poisoning

Iophobia or toxiphobia.

politicophobia

Politics or politicians. [From English politics, from Greek politikos of the people, from polites a citizen]

politics or politicians

Politicophobia.

polyphobia

Many things. Compare pantophobia. [From Greek polys many]

ponds

Limnophobia.

ponophobia

Overwork. Compare ergasiophobia, ergophobia. [From Greek ponos toil]

pools

Limnophobia.

pope or popery

Papaphobia.

pornophobia

Prostitutes or obscenity. [From Greek porne a prostitute]

porphyrophobia

Purple. [From Greek porphyra purple dye]

potamophobia

Rivers. [From Greek potamos a river]

potophobia

Drinks or drinking. [From Latin potare to drink]

poverty

Peniaphobia.

precipices

Cremnophobia.

proctophobia

The anus or rectum. [From Greek proktos the anus]

projectiles

Ballistophobia.

prostitutes

Cyprianophobia or pornophobia.

psellismophobia

Stuttering or stammering. [From Greek psellos stammering]

psychrophobia

Cold. [From Greek psychros cold]

pteronophobia

Feathers. [From Greek pteron a wing]

public places

Agoraphobia.

punishment

Poinephobia.

pupaphobia

Dolls or puppets. [From Latin pupa a doll or puppet]

puppets

Pupaphobia.

purple

Porphyrophobia.

pyrexiophobia

Fever. [From Greek pyrexis fever, from pyr fire]

pyrophobia

Fire. [From Greek pyr fire]

rabies

Hydrophobiaphobia, lyssophobia.

railways

Siderodromophobia or sideromophobia.

rain or rainstorms

Ombrophobia.

ranidaphobia

Frogs. [From Latin Ranidae the frog family, from rana a frog]

rearrangements

Metathesiophobia.

rectum

Proctophobia.

red (colour)

Erythrophobia, rhodophobia.

referring to oneself

Autophoby.

reflections

Catoptrophobia, spectrophobia.

relatives

Syngenesophobia.

religion

Hierophobia.

reptiles

Herpetophobia.

responsibility

Hypaegiaphobia or hypengyophobia.

rhabdophobia

Being beaten with a rod. Compare poinephobia. [From Greek rhabdos a rod]

rhodophobia

The colour red or red objects. [From Greek rhodon a rose]

rhypophobia

Dirt, defecation, or faeces. Also spelt rupophobia. [From Greek rhyparos dirty]

rhytiphobia

Wrinkles. [From Greek rhytis a wrinkle]

ridicule

Catagelophobia or katagelophobia.

rivers

Potamophobia.

rods (being beaten with)

Rhabdophobia.

Russia or Russian people or culture

Russophobia.

Russophobia

Russia or Russian people or culture. [From English Russia]

rusty objects

Iophobia.

Satan

Satanophobia.

Satanophobia

Satan or the devil. [From Greek Satan the Devil, from Hebrew satan an enemy]

scabies

Scabiophobia.

scabiophobia

Scabies. [From English scabies, from Latin scabere to scratch]

scatophobia

Contamination by faeces. [From Greek skatos dung]

scelerophobia

Bad or evil people. [From Latin scelus, sceleris a crime]

school

School phobia.

school phobia

School or attending school. [From English school, from Greek schole a lecture or a school]

scientific terminology

Hellenologophobia.

sciophobia

Shadows. [From Greek skia a shadow]

scoleciphobia

Worms. Also spelt skoleciphobia. [Fron Greek skolex a worm]

scopophobia

Being looked at. [From Greek skopeein to look at]

Scotland or Scots people or culture

Scotophobia.

scotomaphobia

Blind spots in the visual field. [From Greek skotos darkness]

scotophobia

Darkness. Not to be con- fused with Scotophobia. [From Greek skotos darkness]

Scotophobia

Scotland or Scots people or culture. Not to be confused with scotophobia. [From English Scot, from Latin Scotus a Scot]

scratched (being)

Amychophobia.

scrutiny by other people

Social phobia.

sea

Thalassophobia.

selachophobia

Sharks. [From Greek selache a shark]

selaphobia

Flashing lights or lightning. [From Greek selas brightness]

selenophobia

The moon. [From Greek selene the moon]

self-reference

Autophoby.

semen

Spermatophobia.

sermonizing

Homilophobia.

sesquipedalophobia

Long words. [From Latin sesqui- one and a half + pedalis of the foot]

sewer water

Cacohydrophobia.

sexual activity

Cypridophobia, erotophobia, or genophobia.

sexual intercourse

Coitophobia, cypridophobia, erotophobia, or genophobia.

shadows

Sciophobia.

sharks

Selachophobia.

sharp objects

Aichmophobia or belonephobia.

shellfish

Ostraconophobia.

shock

Hormephobia.

short-lived success

Meteorophobia.

siderodromophobia

Railways or trains. Also called sideromophobia. [From Greek sideros iron + dromos running]

sideromophobia

Railways or trains. Also called siderodromophobia. [From Greek sideros iron]

siderophobia

Iron. More often in reference to a property of chemicals than people. Compare metallophobia. [From Greek sideros iron]

sinning

Hamartophobia, peccatophobia.

Sinophobia

China or Chinese people or culture. [From Greek Sinai Chinese (pl.)]

sitiophobia

Another name for sitophobia.

sitophobia

Food. [From Greek sitos grain or food]

sitting down

Cathisophobia, kathisophobia.

skin

Dermatophobia.

skin disease

Dermatopathophobia.

skoleciphobia

See scoleciphobia.

sleep

Hypnophobia.

slime

Blennophobia or myxophobia.

small creatures

Acarophobia.

small objects

Microphobia.

smell (body)

Bromidrosiphobia.

smells

Osmophobia or osphresiophobia.

snakes

Ophidiophobia.

snow

Chionophobia.

social embarrassment

Social phobia.

social phobia

Scrutiny by other people, being the focus of attention, or social embarrassment (for more detail, see the entry in the main body of the dictionary). [From English social, from Latin socius a companion]

solitude

Eremophobia.

sophophobia

Learning or wisdom. [From Greek sophia wisdom]

sounds

Phonophobia.

sour tastes

Acerbophobia or acerophobia.

speaking

Glossophobia, phonophobia, or laliophobia.

spectrophobia

Mirrors or one's own reflection. Also called catoptrophobia. [From Latin spectrum an appearance, from specere to look at]

speech errors

Laliophobia.

speed

Tachophobia.

sperm

Spermatophobia.

spermatophobia

Sperm or semen. [From Greek sperma, spermatos seed or semen, from speirein to sow]

spheksophobia

Wasps. [From Greek spheka a wasp]

spiders

Arachnophobia.

spiritual things

Pneumatophobia.

stairs

Bathmophobia, climacophobia.

stammering

Psellismophobia.

standing upright

Stasiphobia or stasibasiphobia.

stars (the influence of)

Astrophobia.

stasibasiphobia

Standing and walking upright. Also spelt stasobasophobia. [From Greek stasis a standing + basis a step, from bainein to step or go]

stasiphobia

Standing. Also spelt stasophobia. [From Greek stasis a standing]

staurophobia

Crucifixes. [From Greek stauros a cross]

stealing

Kleptophobia.

steep places

Cremnophobia.

stepmothers

Novercaphobia.

stiffening of a joint

Ankylophobia.

stings

Cnidophobia.

strangers

Xenophobia.

streets (crossing)

Dromophobia, agyrophobia.

stuttering

Psellismophobia.

stygiophobia

Hell. [From Greek Styx one of the rivers of Hades, from stygein to hate]

subways

Bathysiderodromophobia.

suffocation

Anginophobia, pnigophobia, or pnigerophobia.

sun or sunlight

Heliophobia, phengophobia, photophobia.

surgery

Tomophobia.

symbolophobia

Symbols or symbolic representations. [From English symbol, from Greek symbolon a token, from syn together + ballein to throw]

symbols

Symbolophobia.

symmetrophobia

Symmetry. [From Greek symmetria symmetry, from syn together + metron a measure]

symmetry

Symmetrophobia.

syngenesophobia

Relatives. [From Greek syn together + genesis generation]

syphilis

Syphilophobia.

syphilophobia

Syphilis. [From the title of Fracastoro's Latin poem of 1530, whose hero Syphilus is infected]

tachophobia

Speed. [From Greek tachos speed]

taeniophobia

Tapeworms. Also spelt taeniphobia. Compare trichinophobia. [From Greek tainia a band]

talking

Glossophobia, laliophobia, or phonophobia.

tapeworms

Taeniophobia.

taphophobia

Being buried alive. Also spelt taphephobia. [From Greek taphos a grave]

tastes

Geumaphobia.

taurophobia

Bulls. [From Greek tauros a bull]

teaching

Didaskaleinophobia.

technology

Technophobia.

technophobia

Technology. [From English techno(logy), from Greek techne art or skill]

teddy bears

Arctophobia.

teeth

Odontophobia.

teleophobia

The doctrine of design or final causes in nature. [From Greek telos end]

teniophobia

An alternative spelling of taeniophobia.

teratophobia

Monsters or giving birth to a monster. [From Greek teras, teratos a monster]

Teutonophobia

Germany or German people or culture. [From Latin Teutoni the Teutons]

Teutophobia

Another name for Teutonophobia.

thalassophobia

The sea. Also spelt thalassiophobia. [From Greek thalassa the sea]

thanatophobia

Death and dying (for more detail, see the entry in the main body of the dictionary). [From Greek thanatos death]

theatres and theatre-going

(US theaters, theater-going) Theatrophobia.

theatrophobia

Theatres and theatre-going. [From English theatre, from Greek theatron a theatre, from theaesthai to see]

theophobia

God. [From Greek theos a god]

thermophobia

Heat. [From Greek therme heat]

thieves or thieving

Kleptophobia.

thinking

Phronemophobia or phrenophobia.

thirteen (the number)

Triskaidekaphobia.

thrown objects

Ballistophobia.

thunder or thunderstorms

Astraphobia, brontophobia, keraunophobia, or tonitrophobia.

time

Chronophobia.

toads

Batrachophobia or bufophobia.

tocophobia

Childbirth or labour. Also spelt tokophobia. [From Greek tokos childbirth, from tiktein to bear]

tokophobia

See tocophobia.

tomophobia

Surgery. [From Greek tomos a slice]

tonitrophobia

Thunder. [From Latin tonitrus thunder]

topophobia

Certain places. [From Greek topos a place]

tornadoes

Lilapsophobia.

touched (being)

Chiraptophobia, haptephobia, or (h)aphephobia.

toxiphobia

Poison or being poisoned. Also spelt toxicophobia or toxophobia. [From Greek toxikon arrow-poison, from toxon a bow]

trains

Siderodromophobia or sideromophobia.

traumatophobia

Injury or wounds. [From Greek trauma a wound]

travelling

Hodophobia.

travelling alone

Agoraphobia.

travelling in a vehicle

Amaxophobia.

trees

Dendrophobia.

trembling

Tremophobia.

tremophobia

Trembling. Also spelt tremaphobia. [From English trem(ble), from Latin tremere to shake]

trichinophobia

Trichinosis or infestation by trichinae worms. Compare taeniophobia. [From Greek trichinos of hair, from thrix, trichos hair]

trichinosis

Trichinophobia.

trichopathophobia

Hair growing where it is unwanted. Compare hypertrichophobia, trichophobia. [From Greek trichos of hair + pathos suffering]

trichophobia

Hair. Compare hypertrichophobia, trichopathophobia. [From Greek trichos of hair]

triskaidekaphobia

The number thirteen. Compare parascevedekatriaphobia. [From Greek tr(e)iskaideka thirteen]

tropophobia

Change. [From Greek tropos a turn]

trypanophobia

Injections. [From Greek trypanon a borer, from trypaein to bore]

tuberculophobia

Tuberculosis. [From English tuberculo(sis), from Latin tuberculum a little tube, from tuber a tube]

tuberculosis

Phthisiophobia or tuberculophobia.

tyrannophobia

Tyrants. [From English tyran(t), from Latin tyrannus and Greek tyrannos a tyrant]

tyrants

Tyrannophobia.

underground trains

Bathysiderodromophobia.

uranophobia

Heaven. [From Greek ouranos heaven]

vaccination

Vaccinophobia.

vaccinophobia

Performing a vaccination or being vaccinated. [From English vaccin-(ation), from Latin vaccinus a vaccine, from vacca a cow]

vehicles

Amaxophobia.

venereal disease

Cypridophobia.

vermin

Vermiphobia.

vermiphobia

Vermin or worms. [From Latin vermis a worm]

virgins

Parthenophobia.

vomiting

Emetophobia.

walking or walking upright

Basiphobia or stasibasiphobia.

wasps

Spheksophobia.

water

Aquaphobia or hydrophobia.

waves

Kymophobia.

weakness

Asthenophobia.

wealth

Chrematophobia or plutophobia.

weapons

Hoplophobia.

weasels

Galeophobia.

whipping

Mastigophobia.

wiccaphobia

Witches. [From Old English wicca a (male) witch]

wild animals

Agrizoophobia.

wind

Anemophobia.

wind instruments

Aulophobia.

wisdom

Sophophobia.

witches

Wiccaphobia.

women

Feminophobia or gynephobia.

women, beautiful

Calligynephobia.

wood

Hylephobia or xylophobia.

word (particular)

Onomatophobia.

words

Logophobia.

work

Ergophobia, ergasiophobia, or ponophobia.

work (neglecting)

Paraleipophobia.

worms

Helminthophobia, scoleciphobia, taeniophobia, trichinophobia, or vermiphobia.

wounds

Traumatophobia.

wrinkles

Rhytiphobia.

writing

Graphophobia.

xenoglossophobia

Foreign languages. [From Greek xenos foreign + glossa a tongue or language]

xenophobia

Foreigners or strangers or their cultures. [From Greek xenos foreign]

xylophobia

Forests or wood. [From Greek xylon wood]

young girls

Parthenophobia.

zelophobia

Jealousy. [From Greek zelotypia jealousy, from zelos zeal + typtein to strike]

zenophobia

A rare spelling of xenophobia.

zoophobia

Animals. [From Greek zoion an animal]

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