anhedonia

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

noun Psychology.

lack of pleasure or of the capacity to experience it: Severely depressed people often exhibit decreased interest in social interaction, disturbed concentration, and anhedonia.

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Origin of anhedonia

First recorded in 1895–1900; from Greek an- + hēdon(ḗ) “pleasure” + -ia; see origin at an-1, -ia

OTHER WORDS FROM anhedonia

an·he·don·ic [an-hee-don-ik], /ˌæn hiˈdɒn ɪk/, adjective
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Medical definitions for anhedonia

anhedonia
[ ăn′hē-dōnē-ə ]

n.

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