phobo-, phob-, -phobia, -phobias, -phobe, -phobiac, -phobist, -phobic, -phobism, -phobous

(Greek: fear, extreme fear of; morbid, excessive, irrational fear, or terror of something or someone; however, sometimes this Greek element also means a strong dislike, dread, or hatred for something or someone)


For more details about the various phobias, visit this Phobias Introduction page to see Phobia Variations Defined and Explained.

There are only two forces that unite men: fear and self-interest.

—Napoleon Bonparte
entomophobia (s) (noun), entomophobias (pl)
An irrational dread and revulsion of insects: Thomas, suffering from entomophobia and hating all kinds of bugs, woke up one morning, found a spider near his bed, and jumped up crying out in horror!
A natural phobia about having bugs in the bed.

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entonophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An extreme dislike and hatred of ticks: Linda, afflicted with entonophobia, never liked to work in the garden because she was overly afraid of getting bitten by a small parasitic arachnid from the grass or bushes she was near.
eophobia, eosophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An extreme fear of the dawn: After having spent many years in a very dark cell in the prison, the inmate had euphobia, a horror of daylight and the sun rising!

In some cases eosophobia can cause a depression in a person, because he or she wants to continue to sleep and not get up and face the activities of the day!

epistaxiophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
The dread of a nosebleed: Ever since Sandy was a toddler and noticed red liquid coming out from one of her nostrils, she was abnormally worried and concerned about dying and, as a consequence, suffered from epistaxiophobia.

Symptoms of having this problem, or seeing someone with it, may result in a lowering of blood pressure, a reduction of one's breathing rate, and a feeling of weakness or even a fainting spell.

equinophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An abnormal fear of horses: Jenny, affected by equinophobia, was very small when she came into close contact with the old nag on her grandfather's farm and was petrified at its imposing size, weight, and large teeth, and from then on had an aversion toward such animals, including donkeys and mules.
eremiophobia, eremophobia (s) (noun)
In psychology, an irrational fear of being alone and of uninhabited places: Timothy just couldn't stand being by himself at home or even being isolated from others in any place, and since this was posing problems for him, he went to the doctor who diagnosed him as suffering from eremophobia.
ergasiophobia, ergasophobia, ergophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. An abnormal fear, hatred, or avoidance of work: Ergasiophobia can be related to a number of job-related activities, including the dread of speaking in front of groups and socializing with co-workers, or being too slow.
2. A persistent, extreme anxietiy and dread of work related to not performing or functioning to perfection: Dr. Perfect, as a surgeon, suffered from ergophobia in that he was overly afraid in failing to operate successfully and with upmost proficiency and skill.

The world is filled with willing people; some willing to work, the rest willing to let them.

—Robert Frost

When it works, do it.
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Some people who don't work take advantage of those who do work.
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ergasiophobic (s) (noun), ergasiophobics (pl)
Someone who has a pathological fear of functioning or acting associated with work: Tom skimmed the ads in the local newspaper looking for a job, but since he tried to avoid work in the first place, he, as an ergasiophobic, never found one he liked!
erythrocyanosis (s) (noun) (no plural)
A condition of slight swelling and a blue or pink tint of the skin of the lower limbs of young girls and women following a prolonged exposure to cold: Susan and Jill noticed a discolouration of their legs after walking so long along the river in the snow, so they returned quickly back to the warmth of their home and found out on the internet that the name of the purple hue was erythrocyanosis!
erythrophobia, erytophobia, ereuthophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
1. An irrational and persistent dread of blushing: Passion, anger, embarrassment, or romantic situations can cause the reddening of an individual's face, and the constant fear of this can lead to a person being afflicted with erythrophobia.
2. Hypersensitivity to the color red: This phobia can be caused as a conditioned response to the tint of crimson or scarlet, often accompanied by an abnormal panic of blood or hematophobia.
Red screams danger or at the very least inconvenience and annoyance. It's no wonder we do our best to avoid it. Red ink is a sign of trouble in business. Red light stops us in our tracks. Who wants to be caught red-handed?
—Anu Garg
esodophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An aversion to the loss of one's chastity or the loss being caused by some other person: As a young woman, Grace still didn't have a boyfriend because she was quite panicked by the thought of sleeping with a man, therefore she went to her doctor who diagnosed her as having esodophobia.
euphobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An excessive apprehension of hearing good news: Jeff, suffering from euphoria, was so concerned with the problems of the world that he almost always refrained from any gaiety and laughter, or even of having success.
eurotophobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An abnormal apprehension of female genitals which may have an adverse affect on both women and men: Such people suffering from eurotophobia usually have such symptoms as anxiety, inhibition, and are unable to enter a romantic relationship.
failure phobia (s) (noun), failure phobias (pl)
A fear of any event, outcome, or situation that resembles or relates to an inadequacy of positive results: People who are suffering from a lack of success, or failure phobia, will do everything possible to avoid such shortcomings.

Failure phobias are generally caused by some influences of unproductive efforts that have resulted from prior situations which had occurred in people's lives that may have happened during childhood, marriage, special projects that were not accomplished, incapability of success in occupational endeavors, etc.

febriphobia (s) (noun) (no plural)
An excessive anxiety of having a fever: Whenever little Tommy got sick and had a high temperature, he was terribly frightened and panicked, and the family doctor said he had febriphobia.