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nervous exhaustion

extreme mental and physical fatigue caused by excessive emotional stress; neurasthenia.
Also called nervous prostration.
Origin of nervous exhaustion
First recorded in 1925-30 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He leaned back on the couch, spineless with nervous exhaustion, and Jane felt a sick distaste and horror enveloping her.

    Jane Journeys On Ruth Comfort Mitchell
  • He lay sleeping soundly—the sleep that comes after nervous exhaustion.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • nervous exhaustion is always felt by the stomach very promptly.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
  • It was an utter physical and nervous exhaustion that had overcome him.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • The poor woman was half dead, from nervous exhaustion and loss of sleep.

    The Blue Lights Arnold Fredericks
  • They were all pale and shivering with the chill of the air, of physical and nervous exhaustion.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • Nan was a born nurse, and, moreover, she had sufficient common sense and tact to know how to deal with nervous exhaustion.

    Patty's Summer Days Carolyn Wells
  • It seemed only a proof of his nervous exhaustion that he could doubt it now.

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells
  • These children must never take alcohol, even as a medicine, and they must not be pushed in school to nervous exhaustion.

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