dys·​pho·​ria | \ dis-ˈfȯr-ē-ə How to pronounce dysphoria (audio) \

Definition of dysphoria

: a state of feeling very unhappy, uneasy, or dissatisfied — see gender dysphoria

Examples of dysphoria in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gender dysphoria results from the conflict between physical gender and gender identity and should not disqualify troops from serving, according to The American Medical Association and other major medical and psychiatric organizations. Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, "Biden overturns Trump's ban on transgender troops in first moves for Defense Sec. Austin," 26 Jan. 2021 Gender dysphoria is a condition that many professional associations have said requires medical treatment. Nancy A. Youssef, WSJ, "White House Lifts Curbs Against Transgender Military Service Members," 25 Jan. 2021 The entire situation has definitely caused feelings of dysphoria. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, "5 Trans Women On Their Beauty Routines In Quarantine," 3 July 2020 Recovering from such painful surgery as well as being under lockdown has felt super isolating and definitely amplified my dysphoria. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, "5 Trans Women On Their Beauty Routines In Quarantine," 3 July 2020 The presence of many nice-enough choices without any meaningful way to distinguish among them is a fundamental dysphoria of modern consumerism. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, "It’s All So … Premiocre," 3 Apr. 2020 The association notes this type of dysphoria can result in distress, anxiety and impaired daily functioning. NBC News, "Trans surgeries postponed indefinitely amid coronavirus pandemic," 25 Mar. 2020 New science is showing how specific parts of the brain may differ in those with the rare but fascinating disorder known as body integrity dysphoria, or BID. Ryan Prior, CNN, "Understanding the rare condition that makes people want to amputate their own limbs," 7 May 2020 My dysphoria was still triggered, particularly when I was rejected romantically. Sam Kiss, Teen Vogue, "Following Trans People on Instagram Helped Me Accept Myself," 31 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of dysphoria

circa 1842, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dysphoria

borrowed from New Latin, borrowed from Greek dysphoría "malaise, discomfort, vexation," from dýsphoros "hard to bear, grievous" (from dys- dys- + -phoros, nominal ablaut derivative from the base of phérein "to carry, bear") + -ia -ia entry 1 — more at bear entry 2

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3 Feb 2021

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“Dysphoria.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dysphoria. Accessed 26 Feb. 2021.

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dys·​pho·​ria | \ dis-ˈfōr-ē-ə, -ˈfȯr- How to pronounce dysphoria (audio) \

Medical Definition of dysphoria

: a state of feeling unwell or unhappy — compare euphoria

Other Words from dysphoria

dysphoric \ -​ˈfȯr-​ik, -​ˈfȧr-​ How to pronounce dysphoria (audio) \ adjective

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