American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An abnormal fear of spiders.
- n. An abnormal or irrational fear of spiders.
- n. a morbid fear of spiders
- From Ancient Greek ἀράχνη (arachnē, "spider") + -phobia. (Wiktionary)
- arachn(id) + -phobia. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Phobias fall under the category of anxiety disorders and describe pathological fears; while many know the term from the infamous expression "arachnophobia" pathological fear of spiders, many different types of phobias have been observed in patients.”
“Also in fear, hate and love, which may have pathological expressions such as arachnophobia (Diski's is cured by London Zoo), animal hoarding, or the internet fad for "lolcats": cat photos whose ungrammatical text (we get Genesis chapter one in "lolcat") resembles the dog-speak that Kipling nauseatingly sustains throughout "Thy Servant a Dog".”
“For adults: 1. Animal phobias, such as arachnophobia (of spiders), ophidiophobia (of snakes) and cynophobia (of dogs)”
“Not a comforting thought if you suffer from arachnophobia, a fear of spiders.”
“This is a bad thing if you happen to suffer from arachnophobia or choroptophobia -- fear of spiders and bats respectively.”
“Exposure to animated spiders in a videogame environment was just as effective in curing people of arachnophobia as the traditional therapy of handling real spiders, according to a study in Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.”
“This study compared the effectiveness of VR therapy and traditional therapy on 32 Canadians with arachnophobia.”
“The result is a case of arachnophobia for producers all over Broadway.”
“Previous studies have linked the sgACC with the emotions accompanying "negative autobiographical memories," arachnophobia and other fearful responses.”
“Negative feelings about U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama, particularly those based on racism or unfounded rumors. [cf. arachnophobia.]”
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