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acrophobia


I suffer from acrophobia. So when we visited the Grand Canyon, I never actually looked down into it.
  an excessive fear of being in high places
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Many words end with "phobia" which means "fear of."  It is also common to turn the noun into an adjective with an "ic" suffix; e.g., "phobic" or "xenophobic."
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  • I suffer from acrophobia. So when we visited the Grand Canyon, I never actually looked down into it.
  • A green and lapis planet loomed so close that Kassad felt a surge of acrophobia and clung more tightly to the doorframe.
    Dan Simmons  --  Hyperion
  • He climbed tough, moving with sure-footedness and no apparent acrophobia as they crossed gaps or scaled their way up ledged facings.
    Stephen King  --  The Gunslinger
  • Did you hear Jeffries is here again trying to peddle that manuscript about the virgin with acrophobia and telekinesis? I can’t believe he won’t let it die a quiet death.
    Nora Roberts  --  Summer Pleasures
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Associated words [difficulty]:   acrophobia [9] , claustrophobia [2] , phobia [5] , xenophobia [7] , agoraphobia [8]
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