agora-, -gor- +

(Greek: assembly, market place; open space, public speaking; originally, "to unite")

An assembly; hence, the place of assembly, especially the market-place.
agoramania (s) (noun), agoramanias (pl)
1. A pathological craving to be in public places.
2. An extreme hatred of being alone.
agoraphobia, agorophobia (s) (noun); agoraphobias, agorophobias (pl)
1. An excessive fear of crowded public places, like markets, or of the necessity of leaving the sheltered protection of home, parents, friends, etc.: Agoraphobia is considered to be one of the most common abnormal panics known.
2. A mental disorder characterized by an irrational anxiety of leaving the familiar setting of one's home, or venturing into the open: Agoraphobia is so pervasive that a large number of external life situations are entered into reluctantly, or are avoided, because they are often associated with hysterical attacks.

A common characteristic of agoraphobia is a history of apprehensive attacks in which the person experiences symptoms of extreme excitement, distortion of perceptions, and an overwhelming sense of imminent catastrophe, loss of control, or dread of public humiliation.

Agoraphobia can cause an individual to begin experiencing anxiety in anticipation of dreadful reactions.

3. Etymology: derived from the Greek agora which means an "assembly" or "market place"; not "open spaces", as is commonly stated by some writers. Again, agoraphobia refers to the fears of streets and crowded places, not to "open spaces".

A man is going nuts because he feels that he is being overwhelmed by so many people.
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allegory (s) (noun), allegories (pl)
1. A work in which the characters and events are to be understood as representing other things and symbolically expressing a deeper, often spiritual, moral, or political meaning.
2. The symbolic expression of a deeper meaning through a story or scene acted out by human, animal, or mythical characters: George Orwell's Animal Farm novel is an allegory in which animals behave and talk like humans.".
3. A symbolic representation of something.
4. A story in which people, things, and happenings have a hidden or symbolic meanings.

Allegories are used for teaching or explaining ideas, moral principles, etc.

5. Etymology: a description of one thing under the image of another; from allos,, "other" plus agoreuein, "to speak openly in an assembly" from agora, "marketplace, place of assembly".
To proclaim in the market-place.
The Haast's Eagle (Harpagornis moorei) was a massive eagle that once lived on the South Island of New Zealand and is now extinct.

After the extinction of the teratorns, the Haast's Eagle was the largest bird of prey in the world.

Teratorns were very large birds of prey that lived in North and South America from the Miocene to the Pleistocene periods. They were close relatives of modern condors.

1. A name invented for an exhibition of optical illusions produced chiefly by means of the magic lantern, first exhibited in London in 1802.
2. Sometimes it was erroneously applied to the mechanism used.
3. A shifting series or succession of phantasms or imaginary figures, as seen in a dream or fevered condition, as called up by the imagination, or as created by literary description.
4. Etymology: name of a "magic lantern" exhibition brought to London in 1802 by Philipstal, the name an alteration of a French version of phantasmagorie, said to have been coined in 1801 by French dramatist Louis-Sébastien Mercier, from Greek phantasma, "image" + second element probably a French form of Greek agora, "assembly". This may have been chosen more for the dramatic sound than any literal Greek sense.

The inventor of the word apparently wanted a fancy and startling term, and may have fixed on -agoria without any reference to a Greek lexicon.

1. A fantastic sequence of haphazardly associative imagery, as seen in dreams or fever.
2. A constantly changing scene composed of numerous elements.
3. Fantastic imagery as represented in art.