[noo-rot-uh-siz-uh m, nyoo-]


the state of having traits or symptoms characteristic of neurosis.

Origin of neuroticism

First recorded in 1895–1900; neurotic1 + -ism Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for neuroticism

Contemporary Examples of neuroticism

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

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    Why Do We Cry?

    Michael Trimble

    January 10, 2013

  • Wilson found that the risk of death doubled in those with a neuroticism score in the top 10 percent.

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    How to Live Forever

    Casey Schwartz

    July 29, 2009

Historical Examples of neuroticism

  • Irregularity and pain in menstruation are a frequent cause of neuroticism.

  • But the constant auto-illusion must always lead to neuroticism and pathology—the hidden fears.

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    Bryce Walton

British Dictionary definitions for neuroticism



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

1894, from neurotic + -ism.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper