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
gringophobia
In Spain or Latin America, an intense dislike of North Americans or white strangers.
gymnophobia (s) (noun), gymnophobias (pl)
1. A pathological fear of being seen without wearing any garments: Sometimes gymnophobia can be noticed among children going through puberty because they don’t want to be seen naked and so they avoid changing rooms, showers, and beaches.
2. A morbid dread of seeing a person without any attire on or of any normally uncovered parts of the body: There are some people who have gymnophobia and so they never take a shower with others because they don't want to be seen in the nude and they don't want to see others in that situation.
gynecophobia, gynephobia
A morbid fear of women or of the society of women.
gynephobia
The dread of being with women or a morbid fear of women in general.
gynephobia, gynophobia
An abnormal fear or hatred of women or any association with them.
gynophobia
An abnormal fear of women.
hadephobia
An abnormal fear of hell with the idea that one may go there after death and judgment day.
haemaphobia
A morbid fear of blood or of bleeding.
See hemaphobia for all forms of this word group.
hagiophobia
An excessive fear or intense dislike of saints or of holy objects or concepts.
halitophobia
A pervasive fear of having bad breath or an exaggerated fear of having halitosis. Some halitophobics avoid social activities and live in a state of self-enforced solitude.

When dealing with the problem of halitosis or with the halitosis patient, it is important to distinguish between genuine halitosis and pseudo-halitosis.

Genuine halitosis can be verified when the breath malodor is an actual problem that can be easily diagnosed either by organoleptic or by physic-chemical processes. Pseudo-halitosis exists when the oral malodor does not exist; however, the patient is convinced that he or she has it.

If after successful treatment for either genuine halitosis or pseudo-halitosis, the patient still believes that he or she has halitosis, then the diagnosis is termed halitophobia.

This simple classification system includes corresponding treatment requirements and allows the clinician to differentiate between a pathological and a psychological condition.

halophobia
In botany, the inability of some plants to grow in salt-rich soil.
halophobic
Intolerant of saline habitats.
hamartophobia
A fear of committing errors or sins or of doing the wrong thing and being condemned for it. This word is often misspelled as harmatophobia.
hamartophobia (s) (noun), hamartophobias (pl)
An excessive fear of committing errors or unpardonable sins; or of doing the wrong thing and being condemned for it: Those who have this harmatophobia may fear one of several types of errors, including "memory errors", which are not the same thing as "forgetting"; false recollections; accidents, as while driving a car; or minor accidents, as when spilling things or when dropping something.
In grief we know the worst of what we feel,
But who can tell the end of what we fear?
—Hannah More
haptephobia (s) (noun), haptephobias (pl)
An irrational fear, or hatred, of being touched or of making physical contact.