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  • n. the fear of being buried alive.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A morbid dread of being buried alive. Also taphiphobia.

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

  • n. a morbid fear of being buried alive


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  • Mr. de Melo, a resort operator and politician, built a burial vault he could survive in because he's gripped by a rare condition called taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive.

    A Man Called Freud

  • A Brazilian man named Freud de Melo suffers from taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive, so he built himself a special crypt.

    Hey Little Girl, Wanna See My Tomb?

  • Freud de Melo Given the low probability of live burial nowadays, cases of taphephobia are "pretty darn rare," says psychologist Jonathan S. Abramowitz, director of the Anxiety and S.ress Disorders Clinic at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

    A Man Called Freud

  • • Freud de Melo, 73, operates a quirky tourist park in central Brazil that features stone models of Noah's Ark and other sculptures, but he also notoriously suffers from taphephobia, the fear of being buried alive, and one of his sculptures is his own elaborate, fear-assuaging crypt.

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  • When times get bad and the market is sinking, many of them seem to suffer from taphephobia -- a fear of getting buried alive -- and they want to run for the hills as quickly as possible. The Motley Fool

  • Basements don't get enough natural light, and since we clearly have latent taphephobia (fear of being buried alive), we need a finished basement we'd want to sleep in. - Current Articles

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  • You tell 'em they hafta keep probin' ya

    Afore they start layin' sod ovah ya!

    If ye yelps and ye squirms

    Y'ain't ready for worms -

    I knows me way 'round taphephobia.

    February 27, 2015