apeirophobia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

apeiro- +‎ -phobia

Noun[edit]

apeirophobia (uncountable)

  1. The fear of infinity and/or of infinite things.
    • 1990, Reinhardt Grossman, The Fourth Way: A Theory of Knowledge, Indiana University Press (1990), →ISBN, page 227:
      My view is free from apeirophobia, the horror of the infinite, which colored so much of what was written at the beginning of this century about the foundations of mathematics.
    • 1998, P. Christopher Smith, The Hermeneutics of Original Argument: Demonstration, Dialectic, Rhetoric, Northwestern University Press (1998), →ISBN, page 192:
      The clearest evidence of Aristotle's apeirophobia is to be found in the Posterior Analytics, book 1, chapters 19-22.
    • 1999, Spencer Golub, Infinity (Stage), University of Michigan (2001), →ISBN, page 14:
      Apeirophobia (fear of infinity) seems here to prod thanatophobia (fear of death) and necrophobia (fear of corpses) into being and later nonbeing, []
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:apeirophobia.