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Sunday, October 01, 2017

Definitions for anhedonia

  1. Psychology. lack of pleasure or of the capacity to experience it.

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Citations for anhedonia
Anhedonia was more than a Warning Sign, it was an out-and-out symptom. A dry rot spreading from pleasure to pleasure, a fungus spoiling the delight in luxury and joy in leisure which for so many years had fueled Gary's resistance to the poorthink of his parents. Jonathan Franzen, The Corrections, 2001
Critics keep saying that in Hannah and Her Sisters Woody Allen has made peace with himself and finally kissed off his killjoy anhedonia. James Wolcott, "Upper West Side Story," Texas Monthly, April 1986
Origin of anhedonia
Anhedonia is used almost exclusively in psychology and psychiatry. The first syllable (an-) is a form of the Greek negative prefix an-, which is related to Germanic (English) un- and the Latin negative prefix in-, from the Proto-Indo-European negative or privative prefix ṇ- (from the Proto-Indo-European adverb ne “not”). The second element comes from Greek hēdonḗ (dialect hādonā́) “pleasure,” a derivative of the adjective hēdýs (dialect hādýs) “sweet,” from the Proto-Indo-European root swād- “sweet,” from which derive Latin suāvis “pleasant” and suādēre “to recommend,” and Germanic (English) sweet. Anhedonia entered English in the late 19th century.