Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Phobias & manias: cynophobia

If you are into phobias and mania, you will have no problem figuring out what this word means. I guess vets, biologists and those who know Latin are also able to identify the meaning of the word. Let's study the word for today which is...


This word refers to a horrible fear of dogs; in Polish we have almost the same word and it is cynofobia. And this is how you pronounce the word cynophobia.

A few examples from the Internet:
  • Loud barking can seem very aggressive and threatening to people who suffer from Cynophobia...
  • If you have an extreme fear of dogs, chances are you suffer from cynophobia.
  • If you suffer from cynophobia, how would you define this term?
  • Treatment is usually necessary for those who suffer from cynophobia due to the fact that dogs are a common household pet to have.
  • You are not the only one to suffer from cynophobia. Most sufferers are surprised to learn that they are far from alone in this surprisingly common...          
Unfortunately, I think I suffer from cynophobia but it is strange because I am afraid only of those dogs which bark at me or attack me or look aggressive... However, I am not afraid of dogs in general. I am even able to approach a dog that looks nice and wags its tail. I used to have a dog myself and I really loved it. Why am I afraid of dogs? Well, it's a story that happened when I was a child. Two German shepherds bit me when I entered someone's premises being totally unaware of the fact that that house was guarded by dogs... And... they attacked me, I was bitten on my hand and pushed by them down the stairs... so I was all black and blue all over with a nasty bite wound and some piece of flesh flapping on my forearm... Yuck! Do you have similar stories to share? 

My question to you:
Do you suffer from cynophobia?


  1. I not, but the friend is falling into such a panic how it can see a dog.But still there's no comparison to the arachnophobia.. This's the worst mania.

    1. Twoja odpowiedź powinna brzmieć:

      I do not, but my friend falls into such a panic when he/she sees a dog. But still there's no comparison to arachnophobia. This is the worst mania.

      Thank you for this comment :)

  2. No co do pierwszego zdania rozumiem poprawkę :) ale dlaczego nie może być "the arachnophobia" i 'this is" zamiast "this's"?

    1. Hmmm... nie mówimy tu o jakimś szczególnym przypadku, więc raczej bez 'the'. W końcu przedimek 'the' określa konkrety, nie? A co do 'this's' - nie sądzisz, że nie brzmi to i nie wygląda najlepiej?


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