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PHOBIA

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does phobia mean? 

PHOBIA (noun)
  The noun PHOBIA has 1 sense:

1. an anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations

  Familiarity information: PHOBIA used as a noun is very rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


PHOBIA (noun)


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Meaning:

An anxiety disorder characterized by extreme and irrational fear of simple things or social situations

Classified under:

Nouns denoting stable states of affairs

Synonyms:

phobia; phobic disorder; phobic neurosis

Context example:

phobic disorder is a general term for all phobias

Hypernyms ("phobia" is a kind of...):

anxiety disorder (a cover term for a variety of mental disorders in which severe anxiety is a salient symptom)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "phobia"):

agoraphobia (a morbid fear of open spaces (as fear of being caught alone in some public place))

simple phobia (any phobia (other than agoraphobia) associated with relatively simple well-defined stimuli)

social phobia (any phobia (other than agoraphobia) associated with situations in which you are subject to criticism by others (as fear of eating in public or public speaking etc))


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