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neurosis

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noun neu·ro·sis \nu̇-ˈrō-səs, nyu̇-\

Simple Definition of neurosis

  • medical : an emotional illness in which a person experiences strong feelings of fear or worry

Full Definition of neurosis

plural neu·ro·sesplay play \-ˌsēz\

  1. :  a mental and emotional disorder that affects only part of the personality, is accompanied by a less distorted perception of reality than in a psychosis, does not result in disturbance of the use of language, and is accompanied by various physical, physiological, and mental disturbances (as visceral symptoms, anxieties, or phobias)

Examples of neurosis

  1. LBJ by legend watched the evening news about Vietnam simultaneously on three TVs, a ticket to a neurosis and night sweats. —Daniel Henninger, Wall Street Journal, 2 Dec. 2005

  2. He's self-conscious about few things, period, and so utterly lacking in neurosis that it's unnerving, frankly. —Ned Zeman, Vanity Fair, February 2001

  3. None of this official intervention did much to calm the fretfulness about maidservants, for the anxiety about their being both unreliable yet indispensable marked the birth of an authentically bourgeois neurosis. —Simon Schama, The Embarrassment of Riches, 1988



Origin of neurosis

New Latin


First Known Use: circa 1784


Medical Dictionary

neurosis

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noun neu·ro·sis \n(y)u̇-ˈrō-səs\

Medical Definition of neurosis

plural neu·ro·ses \-ˌsēz\play

  1. :  a mental and emotional disorder that affects only part of the personality, is accompanied by a less distorted perception of reality than in a psychosis, does not result in disturbance of the use of language, and is accompanied by various physical, physiological, and mental disturbances (as visceral symptoms, anxieties, or phobias)




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