neuroticism

[ noo-rot-uh-siz-uh m, nyoo- ]
/ nʊˈrɒt əˌsɪz əm, nyʊ- /

noun

the state of having traits or symptoms characteristic of neurosis.

Nearby words

  1. neurotendinous,
  2. neurotendinous spindle,
  3. neurotensin,
  4. neurothekeoma,
  5. neurotic,
  6. neurotization,
  7. neurotmesis,
  8. neurotomical,
  9. neurotomy,
  10. neurotonic pupil

Origin of neuroticism

First recorded in 1895–1900; neurotic1 + -ism

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Examples from the Web for neuroticism

  • In men, but not women, neuroticism was positively correlated and masculinity negatively correlated with crying.

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

    How to Live Forever|Casey Schwartz|July 29, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • 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

neuroticism

/ (njʊˈrɒtɪˌsɪzəm) /

noun

a personality trait characterized by instability, anxiety, aggression, etc
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Word Origin and History for neuroticism

neuroticism

n.

1894, from neurotic + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper