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phobia

noun [C]  /ˈfoʊ·bi·ə/ us  
an extreme fear of a particular thing or situation, esp. one that does not have a reasonable explanation: a phobia about heights
Translations of “phobia”
in Korean 공포증, 병적 공포…
in Arabic رُهاب, فوبيا…
in French phobie…
in Turkish korku, yılgı, fobi…
in Italian fobia…
in Chinese (Traditional) (尤指道理上無法解釋的)恐懼,懼怕…
in Russian боязнь, фобия…
in Polish fobia, chorobliwy lęk…
in Spanish fobia…
in Portuguese fobia…
in German die Phobie…
in Catalan fòbia…
in Japanese 恐怖症…
in Chinese (Simplified) (尤指道理上无法解释的)恐惧,惧怕…
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