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claustrophobia +‎ -ic


claustrophobic (comparative more claustrophobic, superlative most claustrophobic)

  1. (psychology) Suffering from claustrophobia; being scared of being enclosed in a confined space.
    • 2012, John Branch, “Snow Fall : The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek”, in New York Time[1]:
      Using her hands like windshield wipers, she tried to flick snow away from her mouth. When she clawed at her chest and neck, the crumbs maddeningly slid back onto her face. She grew claustrophobic.
  2. Cramped and confined, so as to induce claustrophobia.
    • 1994, Elizabeth George, Playing for the Ashes
      ...within the monstrous arrangements of dried flowers on the table-tops, against the Victorian clutter of that claustrophobic room...



claustrophobic (plural claustrophobics)

  1. Someone with claustrophobia

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