neurosis

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noun neu·ro·sis \nu̇-ˈrō-səs, nyu̇-\

Definition of neurosis

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neuroses

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  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 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 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

Did You Know?

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


First Known Use: circa 1784


NEUROSIS Defined for English Language Learners

neurosis

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noun neu·ro·sis \nu̇-ˈrō-səs, nyu̇-\

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

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noun neu·ro·sis \n(y)u̇-ˈrō-səs\

Medical Definition of neurosis

plural

neuroses

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  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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