Definition of neurosis noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//njʊəˈrəʊsɪs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nʊˈroʊsɪs//
    [countable, uncountable] (pl. neuroses
    BrE BrE//njʊəˈrəʊsiːz//
    ; NAmE NAmE//nʊˈrsiːz//
    Mental and emotional problems, Fear
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  1. 1(medical) a mental illness in which a person suffers strong feelings of fear and worry See related entries: Mental and emotional problems
  2. 2any strong fear or worry synonym anxiety See related entries: Fear
  3. Word Originmid 18th cent.: modern Latin, from neuro- ‘of nerves’ + -osis.Extra examples the director’s neurosis about actors arriving late for filming This obsession with time is a modern neurosis and one we all have to live with. Those of anxious temperament are more likely to develop anxiety neurosis.
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