The Cloud Concise Dictionary of Sparkling and Strange Words presents;
1. A fear of magic – particularly of magic wands, spells, curses and fortune tellers. People who are rhabdophobic are terrified of the idea of the super natural and stay away from psychics, magic shows, and illusory tricks.
2. Morbid fear of a rod (or switch) as an instrument of punishment
3. Extreme fear of being punished or severely criticized.
From the Greek – rhabdos ‘rod’
*Thanks given where due to the President and Founder for presenting this sparkler.