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

noun Psychology.

lack of pleasure or of the capacity to experience it.

Nearby words

  1. angwantibo,
  2. angélique,
  3. anhalt,
  4. anharmonic,
  5. anharmonic ratio,
  6. anhedral,
  7. anhidrosis,
  8. anhidrotic,
  9. anhidrotic ectodermal dysplasia,
  10. anhinga

Origin of anhedonia

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

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

Word Origin and History for anhedonia



"inability to feel pleasure," 1897, from French anhédonie, coined 1896 by French psychologist Theodule Ribot (1839-1916) as an opposite to analgesia, from Greek an-, privative prefix (see an- (1)), + hedone "pleasure" (see hedonist).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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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