neurotic

If you call someone neurotic, you are saying she is stressed out. Neurotic can be a psychological term or it can be used more loosely. You may have a neurotic tendency to bite your nails or to pull out your hair. Ouch.

The adjective neurotic refers to someone who shows signs of mental disturbance but does not indicate complete psychosis. Neurotic comes from neuro-, from a Greek word for "nerve." It can also describe someone with neurotic behaviors, so you can think of a neurotic as someone who has a particularly bad case of nerves.

DEFINITIONS OF: neurotic

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adj characteristic of or affected by neurosis

neurotic disorder”
neurotic symptoms”

adj affected with emotional disorder

Synonyms:
psychoneurotic
aboulic, abulic
suffering from abulia; showing abnormal inability to act or make decisions
compulsive
caused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion
delusional
suffering from or characterized by delusions
disturbed, maladjusted
emotionally unstable and having difficulty coping with personal relationships
hypochondriac, hypochondriacal
suffering from hypochondria
hysteric, hysterical
characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria
megalomaniacal, megalomanic
suffering from megalomania
monomaniacal
obsessed with a single subject or idea
nymphomaniac, nymphomaniacal
(used of women) affected with excessive sexual desire
obsessional, obsessive
characterized by or constituting an obsession
obsessive-compulsive
characterized by obsessions and compulsions
pathological
caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition
phobic
suffering from irrational fears
psychosomatic
used of illness or symptoms resulting from neurosis
schizoid
marked by withdrawal and inability to form close relationships
Antonyms:
unneurotic
not neurotic
together
mentally and emotionally stable
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n a person suffering from neurosis

Synonyms:
mental case, psychoneurotic
Types:
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claustrophobe
a person suffering from claustrophobia
hysteric
a person suffering from hysteria
obsessive
a person who has obsessions
obsessive-compulsive
a person with obsessive-compulsive characteristics
psychopath, sociopath
someone with a sociopathic personality; a person with an antisocial personality disorder (`psychopath' was once widely used but has now been superseded by `sociopath')
Type of:
diseased person, sick person, sufferer
a person suffering from an illness
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