I am looking for a wider expression for someone who is hyper-scared of pain and things that cause pain. I came up with “afraid of as much as a needle,” but I get nowhere when I search for it on Google books. “Agliophobia” sounds too complex to me. Would an average teenager in the USA understand Agliophobia? Any other ideas?


Dictionary.com defines petrified as:

to benumb or paralyze with astonishment, horror, or other strong emotion:

In a sentence:

Sarah is petrified from pain, she suffers from agliophobia.

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  • @Syk If anything is unclear, or you need any further clarification, please let me know :D – 3kstc May 20 '17 at 11:51
  • Thanks for all your effort – I should have asked my question in a different way. What I wanted to know is if “afraid of as much as a needle” sounds (grammatically) okay in US English? She or he is not afraid only of pain, but also of things that seem that could cause him/her pain. Did you mean I should have used “Petrified of as much as a needle?” – Syk May 21 '17 at 6:37
  • @Syk “afraid of as much as a needle` is not idiomatic. You might want to try "afraid from a [hypodermic] needle" and then, yes "petrified from a [hypodermic] needle" would be correct. In context, this would be: Can you believe 3kstc is petrified from a [hypodermic] needle! – 3kstc May 22 '17 at 1:57
  • Thanks. The sentence in which I wanted to use it is “A boy, afraid of as much as a needle, fakes to be transgender to get his operation and keep his parent together.” For some reason, this “Afraid of as much as a needle” sounded okay in my head. What I wanted to say – slip into the sentence is the risk – the consequence of what this boy is about to do to and so show his determination in his task. – Syk May 22 '17 at 8:11
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    @3kstc "afraid from a needle" is not grammatical in any dialect of English I am aware of. Petrified of or by a needle. – user184130 Jul 2 '18 at 22:33

Terrified is your best option if you want a word readily understood.


very frightened:

terrified (of somebody/something) to be terrified of spiders

terrified (of doing something) I'm terrified of losing you.

terrified (that…) He was terrified (that) he would fall.

terrified (at something) She was terrified at the thought of being alone.

You look absolutely terrified! She looked at him with wide, terrified eyes.

So you could say:

Terrified of pain.

-- Oxford

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