Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An abnormal fear of open or public places.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun In pathology, a dread of crossing open spaces, such as open squares, city parks, etc.: a feature of some cases of neurasthenia.

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  • noun The fear of wide open spaces, crowds, or uncontrolled social conditions.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

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

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Greek agorā, marketplace; see ger- in Indo-European roots + –phobia.]

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From Latin agoraphobia, from Ancient Greek ἀγορά (agorá, "agora (gathering of people or place of gathering)") + φόβος (phobos, "fear").

Examples

  • But I begin to think the agoraphobia is becoming something to be reckoned with, especially when you toss in the unpredictability of the seizures.

    2010, whether we like it or not.

  • Fighting my agoraphobia is one of my missions this year.

    2010, whether we like it or not.

  • But I begin to think the agoraphobia is becoming something to be reckoned with, especially when you toss in the unpredictability of the seizures.

    2010, whether we like it or not.

  • Actually, it's a misconception, agoraphobia is more a fear of being somewhere outside a person's control and then having a panic attack but even so I think the Canadian Wilderness would still seem to fit the bill.

    57 entries from March 2007

  • Actually, it's a misconception, agoraphobia is more a fear of being somewhere outside a person's control and then having a panic attack but even so I think the Canadian Wilderness would still seem to fit the bill.

    The Tenderness of Wolves

  • If agoraphobia is indeed the problem we are led to believe it is for Stef Penney, then in this book you have the literary equivalent of the anorexic cooking up a dinner party for twenty.

    57 entries from March 2007

  • Actually, it's a misconception, agoraphobia is more a fear of being somewhere outside a person's control and then having a panic attack but even so I think the Canadian Wilderness would still seem to fit the bill.

    The Tenderness of Wolves

  • If agoraphobia is indeed the problem we are led to believe it is for Stef Penney, then in this book you have the literary equivalent of the anorexic cooking up a dinner party for twenty.

    The Tenderness of Wolves

  • If agoraphobia is indeed the problem we are led to believe it is for Stef Penney, then in this book you have the literary equivalent of the anorexic cooking up a dinner party for twenty.

    The Tenderness of Wolves

  • She seems to think I have issues with going out in public and as I've said on here before, the word agoraphobia has come up a time or two.

    A Spot of T

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