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Definitions for neurosis
nʊˈroʊ sɪs, nyʊ-; -sizneu·ro·sis

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. neurosis, neuroticism, psychoneurosisnoun

    a mental or personality disturbance not attributable to any known neurological or organic dysfunction


  1. neurosisnoun

    A mental disorder, less severe than psychosis, marked by anxiety or fear

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neurosisnoun

    a functional nervous affection or disease, that is, a disease of the nerves without any appreciable change of nerve structure

  2. Etymology: [NL., fr. Gr. ney^ron nerve.]


  1. Neurosis

    Neurosis is a class of functional mental disorders involving distress but neither delusions nor hallucinations, whereby behavior is not outside socially acceptable norms. It is also known as psychoneurosis or neurotic disorder, and thus those suffering from it are said to be neurotic. The term essentially describes an "invisible injury" and the resulting condition.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of neurosis in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of neurosis in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of neurosis in a Sentence

  1. Colin Wilson:

    The mentally healthy individual is he who habitually calls upon fairly deep levels of vital reserves. An individual whose mind is allowed to become dormant - so that only the surface is disturbed - begins to suffer from‘circulation problems’. Neurosis is the feeling of being cut off from your own powers.

  2. Kenneth Tynan:

    A neurosis is a secret that you don't know you are keeping.

  3. Henry Miller:

    Sin, guilt, neurosis --they are one and the same, the fruit of the tree of knowledge.

  4. Abraham Myerson:

    Society expects man to be a passive social animal who believes like the People of the Field in "Jurgen" that "to do what you always have done" and "what is expected of you" are the twin rules of life. This, is course, is not true. The wanton crucifixion of impulses, the unnecessary blocking and frustration of the drives and urges, are an evil that reflects itself in sophistication, ennui and boredom, dissatisfaction, melancholy, fatigue, anxiety and neurosis.

  5. Gunnar Beck:

    France, the Netherlands, Germany -- none of us will be the catalyst for change, we are just too brainwashed, but if you look to our colleagues in central Europe who are free from the pro-Brussels neurosis, you find countries who are willing to stand up to the EU in a way Germany isn't.

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