[ an-hee-doh-nee-uh ]
/ ˌæn hiˈdoʊ ni ə /

noun Psychology.

lack of pleasure or of the capacity to experience it.

Origin of anhedonia

1895–1900; < Greek an- an-1 + hēdon(ḗ) pleasure + -ia -ia

Related forms

an·he·don·ic [an-hee-don-ik] /ˌæn hiˈdɒn ɪk/, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Medicine definitions for anhedonia


[ ăn′hē-dōnē-ə ]


Absence of pleasure from the performance of acts that would normally be pleasurable.
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