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[noo-rot-uh-siz-uh m, nyoo-]
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  1. the state of having traits or symptoms characteristic of neurosis.
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Origin of neuroticism

First recorded in 1895–1900; neurotic1 + -ism
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Related Words for neuroticism

tension, stress, impatience, agitation, sensitivity, disquiet, jitters, uneasiness, anger, turbulence, worry, flap, perturbation, stimulation, animation, to-do, tizzy, fuss, timidity, discomfiture

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  • 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.

    Strange Alliance

    Bryce Walton

British Dictionary definitions for neuroticism


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


1894, from neurotic + -ism.

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