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Etymology 1[edit]

nomo- +‎ -phobia


nomophobia (uncountable)

  1. A fear of or disdain for laws.
    • 1857, Ralph Wardlaw, James R. Campbell, Systematic theology, volume 3, page 180:
      The persons of whom I speak have a terror of the very name and mention of the law. They are the morbid subjects of a kind of nomophobia, being in danger of going into fits at every allusion to it[...].
    • 1985, Edward H. Flannery, The anguish of the Jews: twenty-three centuries of antisemitism, →ISBN, page 292:
      Seen in this light, his antisemitism appears in its ultimate essence as a nomophobia, a revolt against the divinely sanctioned moral law or, religiously speaking, a revolt against God.
    • 2002, Stanley E. Porter, Anthony R. Cross, Dimensions of baptism: biblical and theological studies, →ISBN, page 247:
      Despite the danger of the narrowing of discipleship to activism of some kind, the end result here is not acquiescence into Enlightenment autonomy. It is not what may be termed 'nomophobia' (neurotic fear of law or command) though much of that is about.
    • For more examples of usage of this term, see Citations:nomophobia.

Etymology 2[edit]

From a contraction of no mobile + -phobia.


nomophobia (uncountable)

  1. (colloquial) The fear of not having a functioning mobile phone.
    • 2008, Peter Armstrong, Cell-out, page 14,
      There was a second article saying that people apparently suffered from Nomophobia – the fear of not having your mobile turned on – which in the Professor's opinion simply proved that they needed to get a life.
    • 2014, Blythe Woolston, in Leah Wilson (editor), Divergent Thinking: YA Authors on Veronica Roth's Divergent Trilogy, page 115,
      Alektorophobia, like metrophobia (the fear of poetry) or the disorder nomophobia (the fear of being out of cell-phone contact), is completely irrational.
    • 2014, Luis Suarez-Villa, Corporate Power, Oligopolies, and the Crisis of the State, footnote, page 260,
      AT&T, for example, has sought to turn “nomophobia”—a fear of being unable to communicate for lack of a cell phone—into a vehicle for sales; see Geoff Colvin, “Building a Super‐Brand— Superfast: What's the Secret of Survival These Days? Change Quickly, Says AT&T's Marketing Chief, Along with Your Customer," Fortune September 3, 2012, 60-64.