clownophobia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From clown +‎ -o- +‎ -phobia.

Noun[edit]

clownophobia (uncountable)

  1. (rare, informal) The fear of clowns.
    • 1997, Transit Lounge: An Interface Book from 21.C (eds. Ashley Crawford & Ray Edgar), North Ryde (1997), →ISBN, page 174:
      A facile, pop-psych explanation would unearth the roots of clownophobia in childhood traumas.
    • 2003, Richard Crouse, The 100 Best Movies You've Never Seen, ECW Press (2003), →ISBN, page 130:
      While most of us see Ronald McDonald as a nice corporate symbol, the 8% of the population that suffers from clownophobia (more properly called coulrophobia) view him as evil incarnate.
    • 2003 December 20, Brian Christgau, “Re: OT -- Clowns... creepy?”, in misc.writing.screenplays, Usenet[1]:
      Seriously, my girlfriend said the exact same thing when I told her she was far from alone in her clownophobia.

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