neurosis

noun neu·ro·sis \ nu̇-ˈrō-səs , nyu̇- \
Updated on: 7 Nov 2017

Definition of neurosis

plural neuroses play \nu̇-ˈrō-ˌsēz, nyu̇-\
: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 (such as visceral symptoms, anxieties, or phobias)

Examples of neurosis in a Sentence

  1. LBJ by legend watched the evening news about Vietnam simultaneously on three TVs, a ticket to a neurosis and night sweats. —Daniel HenningerWall Street Journal2 Dec. 2005
  2. He's self-conscious about few things, period, and so utterly lacking in neurosis that it's unnerving, frankly. —Ned ZemanVanity FairFebruary 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 SchamaThe Embarrassment of Riches1988

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A neurosis is a somewhat mild mental disorder; unexplained anxiety attacks, unreasonable fears, depression, and physical symptoms that are mentally caused are all examples of neurotic conditions. A superstitious person who compulsively knocks on wood or avoids anything with the number 13 might be suffering from a harmless neurosis. But a severe neurosis such as agoraphobia can be very harmful, making a person a prisoner of his or her home. Neurosis is based on the Greek word for "nerve", since until quite recently neurotic behavior was often blamed on the nerves. Neurosis is usually contrasted with psychosis, which includes a considerably more serious group of conditions.

Origin and Etymology of neurosis

New Latin


NEUROSIS Defined for English Language Learners

neurosis

noun

Definition of neurosis for English Language Learners

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


Medical Dictionary

neurosis

noun neu·ro·sis \ n(y)u̇-ˈrō-səs \

medical Definition of neurosis

plural neuroses play \-ˌsēz\
: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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