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neurotic

adjective neu·rot·ic \ nu̇-ˈrä-tik , nyu̇- \
Updated on: 7 Dec 2017

Definition of neurotic

: of, relating to, constituting, or affected with neurosis (see neurosis)

neurotically

play \nu̇-ˈrä-ti-k(ə-)lē, nyu̇-\ adverb

Examples of neurotic in a Sentence

  1. This most fastidious of pianists sounds anything but neurotic when he plays Mozart. —Richard ColesTimes Literary Supplement15 Nov. 2002
  2. Maybe it's because novelists don't talk much about each other. Maybe this is because novelists secrete a certain BO which only other novelists detect, like certain buzzards who emit a repellent pheromone detectable only by other buzzards, which is to say that only a novelist can know how neurotic, devious, underhanded a novelist can be. —Walker Percy"An Interview With Zoltán Abádi-Nagy," 1987, in Signposts in a Strange Land1991
  3. In our own time, the most perfect examples of such biography … are the matchless case-histories of Freud. Freud here shows, with absolute clarity, that the on-going nature of neurotic illness and its treatment cannot be displayed except by biography. —Oliver SacksAwakenings(1973) 1990
  4. The psychiatrist diagnosed the patient as neurotic.

  5. My neurotic mother scolded me for staying out 10 minutes past curfew.

  6. He is neurotic about his job.

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First Known Use of neurotic

1866


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neurotic

noun neu·rot·ic \ nu̇-ˈrä-tik , nyu̇- \

Definition of neurotic

1 : one affected with a neurosis (see neurosis)
2 : an emotionally unstable individual

Examples of neurotic in a Sentence

  1. More than any rebirth, one senses in the England of 1911 a civilization's unconscious death wish, vividly present in the author's glimpses of the poet Rupert Brooke, that squeaky-clean neurotic, a casualty waiting to happen. —Thomas MallonNew York Times Book Review27 May 2007
  2. As a claustrophobe—perhaps the only kind of neurotic out of place in New York—I find nothing in the city more terrifying than a stalled subway car. —John TierneyNew York Times Magazine19 Mar. 1995
  3. You are too much something for a tubercular neurotic who can only be jealous and mean and perverse. —F. Scott Fitzgeraldletter2 Dec. 1939
  4. He was diagnosed as a neurotic.

  5. He is a neurotic about keeping his clothes neat.

First Known Use of neurotic

1896


NEUROTIC Defined for English Language Learners

neurotic

adjective

Definition of neurotic for English Language Learners

  • medical : having or suggesting neurosis

  • : often or always fearful or worried about something : tending to worry in a way that is not healthy or reasonable


neurotic

noun

Definition of neurotic for English Language Learners

  • medical : a person who has a neurosis

  • : a person who is always fearful or worried about something


Medical Dictionary

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neurotic

adjective neu·rot·ic \ n(y)u̇-ˈrät-ik \

medical Definition of neurotic

1 a : of, relating to, or involving the nerves
  • a neurotic disorder
b : being a neurosis : nervous
  • a neurotic disease
2 : affected with, relating to, or characterized by neurosis
  • a neurotic person

neurotically

play \-i-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

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neurotic

noun

medical Definition of neurotic

1 : one affected with a neurosis
2 : an emotionally unstable individual


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