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From Ancient Greek ἀχλύς (akhlús, mist) and -phobia.


achluophobia (uncountable)

  1. The fear of darkness.
    • 2007, Dave Smith, Backcountry Bear Basics: The Definitive Guide to Avoiding Unpleasant Encounters, The Mountaineers Books (2007), ISBN 9781594850707, unnumbered page:
      If you have a severe case of achluophobia (fear of the dark), for instance, you may want to wait at the mouth of the cave.
    • 2013, Chris Island, Gunny's Short Stories and Life Lessons, Trafford Publishing (2013), ISBN 9781466983861, page 56:
      When I was little, I had achluophobia and had to sleep with some kind light, any kind of light.
    • 2013, Si Robertson, Si-cology 1: Tales and Wisdom from Duck Dynasty’s Favorite Uncle, Howard Books (2013), ISBN 9781476745374, page 37:
      I'm not exactly sure when I was diagnosed with achluophobia—the fear of darkness—but I've always been afraid to be left alone in the dark.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:achluophobia.