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From Modern Greek κατσαρίδα (katsarída, cockroach) + -phobia.


  • IPA(key): /kætˌsæɹɪdəˈfəʊbiə/
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  • Rhymes: -əʊbiə


katsaridaphobia (uncountable)

  1. Fear or dislike of cockroaches.
    • 2014 September 18, Rachel Nuwer, “Cockroaches: The insect we're programmed to fear”, in bbc.com[1]:
      Yes, cockroaches wallow in filth, but a case of food poisoning is probably about as bad as it gets if one of those pests skitters across your slice of pizza – a stroll through the park compared to malaria, yellow fever or dengue fever. Still, anecdotally, many people suffer from katsaridaphobia, or cockroach phobia.
    • 2016, Verônica Bender Haydu, Joseani Kochhann, Elizeu Borloti, “Virtual reality exposure therapy strategies: a review discussed under the behavior-analytic perspective”, in Psicologia Clínica, volume 28, number 3, page 15:
      This paper reviews the literature about virtual reality exposure therapy (VRET) of five forms of phobias (agoraphobia, arachnophobia, claustrophobia, katsaridaphobia, fear of driving), describes the therapeutic procedures, and compared them with procedures used in behavioral-analytic psychotherapy.
    • 2017 Summer, Clinton Crockett Peters, “Water Bugs: A Story Of Absolution”, in Southern Review, volume 53, number 3:
      Once, a roach entomologist in Gainesville, Florida, helped a woman overcome her lifelong katsaridaphobia.
    • 2018, Krishanu Kumar Das, “Therapeutic Reprocessing of Association of Memories (TRAM)”, in International Journal of Emergency Mental Health and Human Resilience, volume 20, number 2:
      The opposite end of the emotion ‘fear’ is ‘courage’ or ‘confidence’. So in case of phobia, the therapist should create a ‘courage’ or ‘confidence’ evoking situation, like a ‘caged spider’ or ‘caged cockroach’ in a case of arachnophobia or katsaridaphobia; ‘appreciating and approving company’ rather than criticisive and disparaging people in a case of social phobia.