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Formed in English from the Ancient Greek ἅμαξα (hámaksa, waggon) + the English -phobia, the latter element itself deriving from the Ancient Greek -φοβία (-phobía). The etymologically consistent spelling is hamaxophobia, but that spelling is not attested outside word-lists and dictionaries.



amaxophobia (uncountable)

  1. Fear of riding in a vehicle.
    • 1908, Charles Hamilton Hughes, The Alienist and Neurologist, volume 29, page 65:
      I have known of at least two well marked instances of amaxophobia originating in the fright of being run away with and the effect of the shock abiding with them throughout the after life []
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see the citations page.