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Definitions for neurotic
nʊˈrɒt ɪk, nyʊ-neu·rot·ic

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. neurotic, psychoneurotic, mental caseadjective

    a person suffering from neurosis

  2. neuroticadjective

    characteristic of or affected by neurosis

    "neurotic disorder"; "neurotic symptoms"

  3. neurotic, psychoneuroticadjective

    affected with emotional disorder


  1. Neuroticadjective

    Of or pertaining to neurosis; characteristic of neurosis; caused by neurosis.

    Etymology: [Gr. ney^ron nerve.]

  2. Neuroticnoun

    A person afflicted with a neurosis.


  1. neuroticnoun

    A person who has a neurosis

  2. neuroticadjective

    (obsolete?) Affected with a neurosis

  3. neuroticadjective

    Overly anxious

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neuroticadjective

    of or pertaining to the nerves; seated in the nerves; nervous; as, a neurotic disease

    Etymology: [Gr. ney^ron nerve.]

  2. Neuroticadjective

    uself in disorders of, or affecting, the nerves

    Etymology: [Gr. ney^ron nerve.]

  3. Neuroticnoun

    a disease seated in the nerves

    Etymology: [Gr. ney^ron nerve.]

  4. Neuroticnoun

    any toxic agent whose action is mainly directed to the great nerve centers

    Etymology: [Gr. ney^ron nerve.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Neurotic

    nū-rot′ik, adj. relating to, or seated in, the nerves.—n. a disease of the nerves: a medicine useful for diseases of the nerves.—adj. Neurō′sal.—n. Neurō′sis, a nervous disease, esp. without lesion of parts, as epilepsy, &c.

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  1. countrie, unerotic

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of neurotic in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of neurotic in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of neurotic in a Sentence

  1. Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatkhate:

    You'll often meet people who are jealous of your achievements, when you're outstanding and successful. You can negate their negativity only by your kindness and continued successes despite their jealousy and dysfunctional attitude towards you. Jealousy in those people often emerges out of their neurotic insecurity and lack of self-esteem and self-confidence. While you may not have a solution to cure them, still you can surely manage their negativity and its impact at least in your life most effectively. Always be nice to people. It works!

  2. Chef Anthony Bourdain:

    I’ve tried. I just think I’m just too nervous, neurotic, driven, i would have had a different answer a few years ago. I might have deluded myself into thinking that I’d be happy in a hammock or gardening. But no, I’m quite sure I can’t.

  3. Lillian Hellman:

    We are a people who do not want to keep much of the past in our heads. It is considered unhealthy in America to remember mistakes, neurotic to think about them, psychotic to dwell on them.

  4. Marlon Brando:

    Acting is the expression of a neurotic impulse. It's a bum's life. The principal benefit acting has afforded me is the money to pay for my psychoanalysis.

  5. Lionel Trilling, The Liberal Imagination (1950):

    The poet is in command of his fantasy, while it is exactly the mark of the neurotic that he is possessed by his fantasy.

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    used of men; markedly masculine in appearance or manner
    • A. indiscernible
    • B. epidemic
    • C. butch
    • D. tacky

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