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[noo r-uh s-then-ik, nyoo r-] /ˌnʊər əsˈθɛn ɪk, ˌnyʊər-/
pertaining to or suffering from neurasthenia.
a person suffering from neurasthenia.
Origin of neurasthenic
First recorded in 1875-80; neurasthen(ia) + -ic
Related forms
neurasthenically, adverb Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • One of the great troubles with neurasthenic women is that they do not laugh enough.

    Possessed Cleveland Moffett
  • This view of her condition by her family or her physician is the tragedy of the neurasthenic.

    Preventable Diseases Woods Hutchinson
  • She finally becomes anemic and neurasthenic and a misanthrope.

  • She was of neurasthenic inheritance, and was put in unfavourable conditions.

    The Modern Malady Cyril Bennett
  • A neurasthenic, however, is not to be mistaken for an imbecile.

  • Be careful in the selection of a confessor for a neurasthenic child.

  • The father is neurasthenic, and the grandfather has trigeminal neuralgia.

  • He must not jump all the time; that is how you are neurasthenic in America.

    The Professor's Mystery Wells Hastings
  • He is off his balance, weak, neurasthenic, and devoid of the sense of proportion.

    Cupid in Africa P. C. Wren
  • Nor are they quite so common in the housewife as the neurasthenic, deënergized state.

    The Nervous Housewife Abraham Myerson

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