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


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

  • 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


/ (njʊˈrɒtɪˌsɪzəm) /


a personality trait characterized by instability, anxiety, aggression, etc
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