Meaning of neurotic

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
  1. adjective

    characteristic of or affected by neurosis

    neurotic disorder”
    neurotic symptoms”

  2. adjective

    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
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    Antonyms:

    unneurotic

    not neurotic
    together

    mentally and emotionally stable
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  3. noun

    a person suffering from neurosis

    synonyms:

    mental case, psychoneurotic

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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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