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English definition of “phobia”

phobia

noun [C] uk   /ˈfəʊ.bi.ə/ us    /ˈfoʊ-/
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.Fear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general words
-phobia
suffix uk   us  
Xenophobia means hatred of foreigners.Fear and phobiasAnxiety and worry - general words
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