Meaning of “phobia” in the English Dictionary

"phobia" in British English

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phobianoun [ C ]

uk /ˈfəʊ.bi.ə/ us /ˈfoʊ.bi.ə/

an extreme fear or dislike of a particular thing or situation, especially one that cannot be reasonably explained:

I've got a phobia about/of worms.
-phobia
suffix uk us

Xenophobia means hatred of foreigners.

(Definition of “phobia” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"phobia" in American English

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phobianoun [ C ]

us /ˈfoʊ·bi·ə/

an extreme fear of a particular thing or situation, esp. one that does not have a reasonable explanation:

a phobia about heights

(Definition of “phobia” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)