depression; despondency or a tendency to be despondent.

Nearby words

  1. dyssynergia,
  2. dyssynergia cerebellaris myoclonica,
  3. dyssynergia cerebellaris progressiva,
  4. dystaxia,
  5. dysteleology,
  6. dysthymic disorder,
  7. dystocia,
  8. dystonia,
  9. dystonia musculorum deformans,
  10. dystonic

Origin of dysthymia

1840–50; < New Latin < Greek dysthymía; see dys-, -thymia

Related formsdys·thy·mic, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for dysthymia


noun psychiatry

the characteristics of the neurotic and introverted, including anxiety, depression, and compulsive behaviour
obsolete a relatively mild depression
Derived Formsdysthymic, adjective

Word Origin for dysthymia

C19: New Latin, from Greek dusthumia, from dys- + thumos mind

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Medicine definitions for dysthymia




A mood disorder characterized by despondency or mild depression.
Related formsdys•thymic adj.

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Science definitions for dysthymia



A mood disorder characterized by chronic mild depression.
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