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
felinophobia (s) (noun), felinophobias (pl)
An abnormal fear or hatred of felids: Steven's felinophobia sometimes handicaps him and he is unable to go outside his home for fear of encountering any kind of cat.
A postal woman is attempting to deliver mail to a house as a cat watches her approach.

Cat attacks postal woman.
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The scenes shown here represent an actual attack by a cat on a postal-delivery woman in Germany whenever she tried to deliver the mail. According to a German TV presentation, the cat would attack the postal-woman when she tried to deliver mail to the house. Did the cat resent an invasion of its territory or did it simply have an abnormal hatred of uniforms?

Whatever the reason for the feline's behavior, its owner had to pick up his mail at a neighborhood bar because he refused to restrict the freedom of his cat to come and go whenever it desired.

feminophobia
An abnormal or intense fear of women .
femiphobia, femiphobic
An irrational fear, or obsession, that a man has of being considered feminine or of being accused of displaying the characteristics of a sissy.
fibriphobia, fibriophobia
An irrational dread of having a fever.
formiphobia (s) (noun), formiphobias (pl)
A morbid fear of ants.
Francophobia
A strong dislike or hatred of the French people, French language, or French customs, influences, etc.
friendorphobia
A fear of forgetting a password.
frigophobia
A fear of being cold or freezing, or of cold things.
fumimania, fumimaniac; fumiphobia, fumiphobiac: created by John G. Robertson
The terms, capnomania, fumimania are all coined terms that mean "obsessive or uncontrollable desires or habits of smoking one or more tobacco products" (especially cigarettes; but they may include cigars, pipes, etc.) all of which also can be defined as "tobacco addictions".

They were coined by John G. Robertson in 2002 for his book: An Excess of Phobias and Manias, published in 2003, because they were unavailable in any dictionaries or other known sources to express these conditions.

The terms capno- comes from Greek and fumi- comes from Latin; both of which refer to various kinds of "smoke" or "fumes".

See the pages at this Capnomania-Fumimania, Part 1 for the poem, "The Ballad of Salvation Bill" and other pages about the problems of smoking from the past to the present.

You may see similar words (capnomania, capnomaniac, capnophobia, capnophobiac) which were also created by John Robertson at this capno- unit of words.

fumiphobia (s) (noun), fumiphobias (pl)
An intense hatred, or fear, of smoking or having anyone around who is polluting the air in the immediate vicinity with tobacco smoke; whether from cigarettes, cigars, pipes, or from any similar process of smoke distribution.

See the pages at this Capnophobia-Fumiphobia, Part 1 for pages about the smoking problems in our global societies.

fumiphobiac (s) (noun), fumiphobiacs (pl)
Anyone who has a hatred or fear of being around anyone who smokes tobacco products (cigarettes, cigars, or pipe, etc.) which are often done by people who cannot control themselves or who have no regard for others.
A man has fumiphobia.
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galeophobia (s) (noun), galeophobias (pl)
1. An intense fear of cats; including polecats, skunks, and weasels: Katherine's galeophobia was extreme because she was afraid to even walk in the garden for fear of seeing or hearing a cat there.
2. An abnormally persistent fear of sharks: Those who have galeophobia experience anxiety even though they may be safe on a boat, in an aquarium, or on a beach.
3. Etymology: derived from the Greek words galeos, "shark with markings resembling those on a weasel" and phobos, "fear".

"Galeophobia is also used as an alternate term for a "fear of cats", because the Greek word galeos is derived from galee, a Greek element meaning "polecat" and "weasel".

Gallophobia
An excessive fear of France or anything having to do with France including its language and its culture.
gametophobia, gamophobia
An exaggerated fear of marriage.
gamophobia
An abnormal fear of marriage.