Definitions

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

  • n. An abnormal fear of open or public places.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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

Etymologies

Greek agorā, marketplace; see ger- in Indo-European roots + -phobia.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin agoraphobia, from Ancient Greek ἀγορά (agorá, "agora (gathering of people or place of gathering)") + φόβος (phobos, "fear"). (Wiktionary)

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.

  • 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

  • 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

  • But in Kevin 'case, for example, he was convinced that his grandmother suffered from what's known as agoraphobia, where she would not go outside.

    CNN Transcript Mar 6, 2007

  • * Fear of Leaving your House/Certain Rooms; This is obviously the main symptom, if you don't have this then your problem isn't agoraphobia, that is not to say there is nothing wrong with you, it's just not agoraphobia.

    Archive 2006-02-01

  • Approximately 1/3 of all individuals with Panic Disorder develop agoraphobia, which is anxiety about being in places or situations from which escape might be difficult or embarrassing or in which help may not be available in the event of having a panic attack or panic-like symptoms.

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  • COHEN: I think it's called - I don't know - I think it's called agoraphobia, or "crazy," I'm not sure which.

    CNN Transcript May 6, 2006

  • Jade, who I would discover liked to diagnose everyone but herself, decided Emma suffered from something called agoraphobia because she was afraid of being in public places.

    Misty

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