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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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  • Ramond had spoken truly, his illness had been nothing but nervous exhaustion.

    Doctor Pascal Emile Zola
  • "This is an effect of nervous exhaustion," he reflected with weary sagacity.

    Under Western Eyes Joseph Conrad
  • I consider my state a disease of the will as a result of nervous exhaustion.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • She was converted by nervous exhaustion to the picnic Sunday.

    The Prodigal Village Irving Bacheller
  • He lay sleeping soundly—the sleep that comes after nervous exhaustion.

    Mrs. Falchion, Complete Gilbert Parker
  • It was an utter physical and nervous exhaustion that had overcome him.

    The Haunters of the Silences Charles G. D. Roberts
  • They were all pale and shivering with the chill of the air, of physical and nervous exhaustion.

    The Brain Alexander Blade
  • The poor woman was half dead, from nervous exhaustion and loss of sleep.

    The Blue Lights Arnold Fredericks
  • It seemed only a proof of his nervous exhaustion that he could doubt it now.

    Soul of a Bishop H. G. Wells

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