- claustrophobia: see cloister
- claustrophobia (n.)
- "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."
- 1. He experienced feelings of claustrophobia from being in a small place.
- 2. to suffer from claustrophobia
- 3. I hate lifts — they give me claustrophobia.
- 4. In the claustrophobia of her parents' house she had no stimulus for creativity.
- 5. People with claustrophobia have a horror of being trapped in the lift.
[ claustrophobia 造句 ]