neurotic

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PronunciationEdit

  • IPA(key): /njʊəˈɹɒtɪk/, /njəˈɹɒtɪk/
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  • Rhymes: -ɒtɪk

EtymologyEdit

Formed of neuro- (of nerves or the nervous system) +‎ -otic (having abnormal condition). The initial element, in turn, is from Ancient Greek νεῦρον (neûron, nerve). Attested from the 17th century. Compare French névrotique.

AdjectiveEdit

neurotic (not comparable)

  1. Affected with a neurosis.
    • 1902, William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience Lecture I:
      If there were such a thing as inspiration from a higher realm, it might well be that the neurotic temperament would furnish the chief condition of the requisite receptivity.
  2. (informal) Overly anxious.
    He is getting neurotic about time-keeping.
    • 1907 August, Robert W[illiam] Chambers, chapter VI, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326:
      “I don't mean all of your friends—only a small proportion—which, however, connects your circle with that deadly, idle, brainless bunch—the insolent chatterers at the opera, the gorged dowagers, the worn-out, passionless men, [], the speed-mad fugitives from the furies of ennui, the neurotic victims of mental cirrhosis, []!”
    • 1960, P[elham] G[renville] Wodehouse, chapter VIII, in Jeeves in the Offing, London: Herbert Jenkins, OCLC 1227855:
      “You did come down a wallop, didn't you? How art thou fallen from heaven, oh Lucifer, son of the morning, I said to myself. You're so terribly neurotic, Bertie. You must try to be less jumpy. What you need is a good nerve tonic.”
  3. (medicine) Useful in disorders of, or affecting, the nerves.

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NounEdit

neurotic (plural neurotics)

  1. A person who has a neurosis

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