unreasoning fear

See: panic
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Is there no cruelty in sacrificing the happiness of my life to a miserable scruple of delicacy, to an unreasoning fear of the opinion of the world?
A police uniform should make one feel unreasoning fear, and the idea of kidnapping a foot constable, let alone an SP, should not arise.
"We are not simply knuckling under to pressure or listening to the voices of unreasoning fear and hysteria if we seek to do that which we believe in our hearts is right and just," he said on the House floor.
The (http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/health/2012/01/13/fear-of-friday-the-13th-paraskevidekatriaphobia-and-other-unpronounceable-phobias/) institute's website claims  the condition bedevils "people with blind, unreasoning fear of this day and date, as opposed to those who have a clear, reasonable fear of not being able to say that word."
The virus affects the nervous system of its victims, causing erratic behavior, poor coordination, fearlessness toward humans, extreme aggressiveness, and famously, excessive salivation (foaming at the mouth) and an unreasoning fear of water (hydrophobia), before unconsciousness and ultimately, death.
Smith's well-supported assessment, however, is that Canadian authorities had blown the threat far out of proportion, allowing themselves to "become obsessed with a morbid, neurotic, unreasoning fear, which had little basis in reality and which caused them to see, figuratively, burglars under every bed" (263).
It was this unreasoning fear that caused the massive "white flight" to the suburbs and the hollowing out of Detroit.
It was this unreasoning fear that caused the massive 'white flight' to the suburbs and the hollowing out of Detroit.
In that sense, Wright's entire novel is both historically nuanced and politically prescient, for she captures effectively the notion that unreasoning fear lies at the heart of nearly everything that has gone, and goes wrong in Australian race relations.
Willems moved languidly towards the river, then retraced his steps to the tree and let himself fall on the seat [...] In his unreasoning fear he tried to hide within himself.
Finally we need compassion: Compassion both for those whose fears are beyond reason and also for those who might be hurt by such unreasoning fear. Such compassion may involve taking short-term measures as the churches in Toronto did in order to reduce anxiety levels to a point where we could think about the way forward together.
For example, Webster's Encyclopedic Unabridged Dictionary in 2001 defined homophobia as "unreasoning fear of or antipathy toward homosexuals and homosexuality," while Webster's online dictionary (2002) defines the term as "irrational fear of, aversion to, or discrimination against homosexuality or homosexuals."