Meaning of nyctophobia in English:


Pronunciation /ˌnɪktə(ʊ)ˈfəʊbɪə/


mass noun
  • Extreme or irrational fear of the night or of darkness.

    ‘Other standard phobias are nyctophobia, a fear of the dark, and ochlophobia a fear of crowds, from the Greek words for night and crowd respectively.’
    • ‘For nyctophobia, try facing the darkness with another person that brings a feeling of safety, such as a parent or good friend.’
    • ‘Nyctophobia is mostly present in young children, and starts out with night terrors and a healthy fear of the boogeyman.’
    • ‘The American Medical Association believes adult Ncytophobia is very rare and usually treatable with hypnosis and believe it or not, yes prescription drugs.’


Early 20th century from Greek nux, nukt- ‘night’ + phobia.