American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An intense, abnormal, or illogical fear of a specified thing: xenophobia.
- n. Used to form nouns meaning fear of a specific thing.
- n. Used to form nouns meaning hate, born out of fear, directed towards a particular type of person.
- n. Controversially used to form nouns meaning political or religious organizations or viewpoints concerned with limiting or restraining a specific thing or idea.
- From New Latin, from Latin, from Ancient Greek -φοβία (-phobia) (see ὑδροφοβία (hydrophobia, "fear of water")), from φόβος (phobos, "fear"). (Wiktionary)
- Late Latin, from Greek -phobiā, from phobos, fear; see bhegw- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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