Coulrophobia is an extreme fear of what? – 2017

coulrophobia is an extreme fear of what?

The word Coulrophobia means a persistent and irrational fear of clowns. It possibly originates from Greek Kolon meaning stilt or stilt-walkers which are often used by clowns.

A specific fear of clowns has sometimes been discussed in terms of a specific phobia.[1] The term coulrophobia is a neologism coined in the context of informal “-phobia lists”.


The term is not listed in the World Health Organisation’s ICD-10 nor in the American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 categorisation of disorders.

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