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Affixes: the building blocks of English
Affixes: the building blocks of English

-phobia Also -phobic and -phobe.

Extreme or irrational fear or dislike.

[Greek phobia, fear or horror.]

A large number of words using this ending have been created in modern psychiatry and related fields. It is possibly also the most fecund in the language for humorous invention, as in arachibutyrophobia, fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of your mouth (from the genus name of the peanut, Arachis, plus Latin butyrum, butter). See the list below for some common examples.

Related adjectives are formed in -phobic (claustrophobic, technophobic). Nouns in -phobe describe a person affected by the condition (arachnophobe, xenophobe).

For their opposites, see -phile.

Examples of words in -phobia
Word origins are from Greek unless otherwise stated.

acrophobia heights akros, tip or extremity
agoraphobia open spaces agora, marketplace
arachnophobia spiders arakhnē, spider
chemophobia chemotherapy see chemo-
claustrophobia enclosed spaces Latin claustrum, a confined or shut-up space
computerphobia computers or computing English computer
cyberphobia computers or technology see cyber-
homophobia homosexuality and homosexual people homos, same
hydrophobia water, but especially rabies, whose sufferers typically experience great difficulty in swallowing hudōr, water
Islamophobia Islam or Muslims English Islam
neophobia the new neos, new
phonophobia sound or noises phōnē, sound, voice
photophobia extreme sensitivity to light phōs, phōt-, light
Russophobia Russians or Russia see Russo-
technophobia technology see techno-
triskaidekaphobia the number 13 treiskaideka, thirteen
xenophobia strangers xenos, stranger

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