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Meaning of phobia

pho•bi•a

Pronunciation: (fō'bē-u), [key]
— n.
  1. a persistent, irrational fear of a specific object, activity, or situation that leads to a compelling desire to avoid it.

-phobia

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a combining form meaning “fear,” occurring in loanwords from Greek (hydrophobia); on this model, used in the names of mental disorders that have the general sense “dread of, aversion toward” that specified by the initial element: agoraphobia.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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