Definitions

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  • n. The fear of fear.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Morbid dread of being alarmed.

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

  • n. a morbid fear of developing a phobia

Etymologies

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Examples

  • December 13th, 2007 at 10: 33 am jokerswild says: phobophobia is the fear of phobias. weird, huh?

    LOINCLOTHS AND MAMMOTHS AND STUFF

  • You see, it was not until some years later that I first heard about "phobophobia," but, I confess, I thought it meant fear of stuttering.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VII No 2

  • "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," he was admonishing America against "phobophobia," or, the fear of being afraid.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VII No 2

  • Rather than being affected by environmental stimuli, sufferers of phobophobia are set off by the internal sensations of fear itself, which is further exacerbated by experiencing those exact same sensations.

    The Spark of Yahoo!

  • "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself," he was warning us against phobophobia, the fear of being afraid.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol X No 1

  • I have phobophobia: I’m deathly afraid of being afraid of things.

    Things That Creak « XUP

  • Google hits on the term (hits include both with and without the hyphen), a negligible number (compare 1,490,000 for homophobia, 34,900 for phobophobia (fear of fear), 29,200 for heterophobia (fear of heterosexuals), 14,900 for gamophobia

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  • But if the original fear was good enough, surely it spreads by and of itself without any secondary 'fear of' effects. You guys really need to get yourself some decent quality fear and give it a burl.

    November 25, 2009

  • I hate this word. I'm phobophobophobic.

    November 25, 2009

  • "The only thing we have to fear is fear itself."
    -Franklin D. Roosevelt

    November 25, 2009

  • My favourite phobia :D

    March 17, 2009