Examples of neurosis in a Sentence
- 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
- 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
- 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
Recent Examples of neurosis from the Web
As a young artist gaining early recognition in Matsumoto after the war, Kusama was diagnosed as suffering from neuroses that propelled her creativity while also causing hallucinations and periods of inactivity.
The Committee was worried this week that the news was so damned grim that finding a Top Commenter of the Week would be a slog through the shebeen’s collective neuroses, which are many and varied.
Ramis began to set aside time on the nights before Dangerfield’s scenes to cater to his star’s neuroses.
In the space of barely 20 minutes, Rhys establishes Chuck as a fully fleshed-out, three-dimensional creep, a prickly narcissist who exudes neurosis and does not respond well to no longer being in control of his own narrative.
The late Shelley Berman helped break the mold for comics by confronting the anxieties, neuroses and foibles of life in 1950s and '60s America.
As in many ghost stories, the menacing presence often turns out to be a projection of the beholder’s own neuroses.
Darius’s philosophical neurosis is even more endearing this time around.
The song's lyrics, meanwhile, echo the album's theme of coping with various situations and neuroses -- particularly the rigors of the band's chosen course of work.
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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.
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medical : an emotional illness in which a person experiences strong feelings of fear or worry
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