acrophobia

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From acro- +‎ -phobia.

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acrophobia (countable and uncountable, plural acrophobias)

  1. Fear of heights.
    • 1888, Association of American Railroads Accounting Division, Association of American Railroads, Accounting Division, Report of the Railway Accounting Officers:
      You know, being elevated to the position of Chairman has given me rather a bad attack of acrophobia.
    • 1956, Information Access Company, ProQuest Direct, Road and Track:
      But it's no place for anyone with acrophobia, what with its myriad drop-offs and switchbacks.
    • 2005, Kevin O'Brien, The Last Victim:
      You know, acrophobia? I get nervous just standing this close to the edge.
    • 2019 March 27, Understanding Acrophobia, or Fear of Heights[1]:
      Acrophobia describes an intense fear of heights that can cause significant anxiety and panic.
    • 2019 September 12, Rosemary Black, Acrophobia (The Fear of Heights): Are You Acrophobic?[2]:
      The definition of acrophobia is, simply put, a phobia of heights.
    • 2021 March 3, Sarah Bence; Steven Gans, MD (medical reviewer), What Is Acrophobia?[3]:
      Acrophobia is a persistent and intense fear of heights. People with acrophobia will experience panic and sudden anxiety in a variety of situations involving heights.
    • 2020 July 27, What to know about acrophobia[4]:
      Acrophobia is an intense fear of heights. If a person has acrophobia, being high up or thinking about heights may cause them to have a panic attack.

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  • Richard Lederer (1989) Crazy English: the ultimate joy ride through our language, New York: Pocket Books, →ISBN, OCLC 20150288, page 59, →ISBN: “Here are more than two hundred additional words that describe the terrors that go bump in our mind: acrophobia: heights”