Definition of Fear of thunderstorms
Fear of thunderstorms: An abnormal and persistent fear of thunderstorms. Sufferers experience anxiety even when they realize the risk of harm is very small. Consequently, when indoors they might seek shelter under a bed, in a closet or in a basement. They generally keep a watchful eye on the sky and remain alert for reports of electrical storms.
Fear of thunderstorms is termed "astraphobia," a word derived from the Greek "aster" (star) and "phobos" (fear).
Related term: Brontophobia: Fear of thunder.
Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012
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