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[noo-rot-uh-siz-uh m, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɒt əˌsɪz əm, nyʊ-/
the state of having traits or symptoms characteristic of neurosis.
Origin of neuroticism
First recorded in 1895-1900; neurotic1 + -ism Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for neuroticism
Contemporary Examples
  • In men, but not women, neuroticism was positively correlated and masculinity negatively correlated with crying.

    Why Do We Cry? Michael Trimble January 10, 2013
  • Wilson found that the risk of death doubled in those with a neuroticism score in the top 10 percent.

Historical Examples
  • Irregularity and pain in menstruation are a frequent cause of neuroticism.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • But the constant auto-illusion must always lead to neuroticism and pathology—the hidden fears.

    Strange Alliance Bryce Walton
British Dictionary definitions for neuroticism


a personality trait characterized by instability, anxiety, aggression, etc
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for neuroticism

1894, from neurotic + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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