claustrophobia

[ klaw-struh-foh-bee-uh ]SEE DEFINITION OF claustrophobia
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR CLAUSTROPHOBIA

But you must not do this to a Breton fisherman full of drink and claustrophobia.

You hear stories about going loopy from claustrophobia and stuff.

To-day he was feeling the claustrophobia of London more acutely than usual.

I have claustrophobia and would hate to git stuck in an over-sized fountain pen halfway to the middle of this earth.

For the first time in the hundreds of hours he'd spent in the tank, he knew the meaning of claustrophobia.

Donne and Swift were morbid men suffering from claustrophobia.

The cigar was his protection, his secret weapon, against the claustrophobia the mosquitero gave him.

Claustrophobia is the malady of those who have a horror of close quarters from which they can not easily make their escape.

The sufferer from claustrophobia will invent any excuse to avoid an elevator or the theatre.

WORD ORIGIN

"morbid fear of being shut up in a confined space," coined 1879 (in article by Italian-born, French-naturalized Swiss-English physician Dr. Benjamin Ball (1834-1892)) from Latin claustrum "a bolt, a means of closing; a place shut in, confined place, frontier fortress" (in Medieval Latin "cloister"), past participle of claudere "to close" (see close (v.)) + -phobia "fear."

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