Definition of phobia noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈfəʊbiə//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈfoʊbiə//
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  1. 1a strong unreasonable fear of something He has a phobia about flying. One of the symptoms of the disease is water phobia. See related entries: Fear
  2. 2-phobia (in nouns) a strong unreasonable fear or hatred of a particular thing claustrophobia xenophobia compare -philia
  3. Word Originlate 18th cent.: independent usage of -phobia via Latin from Greek.Extra examples He has a phobia of snakes. Hypnotherapy is often used to overcome phobias. I have a severe needle phobia. He has a phobia about flying
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: phobia