melophobia

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

melo- +‎ -phobia, from Ancient Greek μελῳδία (melōidía, music) +‎ φόβος (phóbos, fear), “fear of music”.

Noun[edit]

melophobia (uncountable)

  1. Aversion to music.
    Synonyms: musicophobia
    Antonyms: melomania, melophilia
    • 1862, Charles Dickens, All the Year Round: A Weekly Journal, page 248
      All the senses, he says, are flattered by wine. “In my youth, when I worked very hard, I used to drink a great deal of tea at breakfast, and, notwithstanding my passion for music, I detested morning concerts. Since I have analysed and experimented upon the cause of my sensations, I am satisfied that my melophobia was caused by the astringent action of the tea on my nervous system in general, and on my acoustic nerves in particular. []