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neurosis

[ noo-roh-sis, nyoo- ]SEE DEFINITION OF neurosis

Synonyms for neurosis

  • inhibition
  • aberration
  • abnormality
  • affliction
  • breakdown
  • compulsion
  • crack-up
  • derangement
  • deviation
  • hysteria
  • insanity
  • instability
  • madness
  • maladjustment
  • neurasthenia
  • obsession
  • phobia
  • psychopathy
  • mental illness
  • personality disorder
  • psychological disorder
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Antonyms for neurosis

  • balance
  • conformity
  • normality
  • sameness
  • soundness
  • adjustment
  • sanity
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR NEUROSIS

Was this, then, some special case of phthisis complicated by neurosis?

In both sexes there is a tendency to neurosis and degeneration.

The neurosis is merely a wrong attitude to life and its problems.

Some forms of neurosis appear to be limited to certain ethnic groups.

How did we gain our knowledge of these psychological factors in the case of neurosis?

And then it dawned upon her of what use her mother's neurosis was.

The neurosis is final; that is, it is directed towards an aim.

This conception may be described as the sexual theory of the neurosis.

Let's face it, any psychiatrist will tell you that's enough cause for neurosis.

You may have a little post-nasal catarrh, but I think it is only a neurosis.

WORD ORIGIN

1776, "functional derangement arising from disorders of the nervous system," coined by Scottish physician William Cullen (1710-1790) from Greek neuron "nerve" (see neuro-) + Modern Latin -osis "abnormal condition." Used in a general psychological sense since 1871; clinical use in psychiatry dates from 1923.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR NEUROSIS

breakdown

nounnervous collapse
  • basket case
  • crackup
  • disintegration
  • disruption
  • failure
  • mishap
  • nervous prostration
  • neurasthenia
  • neurosis
  • psychasthenia
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