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NEUROTIC

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does neurotic mean? 

NEUROTIC (noun)
  The noun NEUROTIC has 1 sense:

1. a person suffering from neurosis

  Familiarity information: NEUROTIC used as a noun is very rare.


NEUROTIC (adjective)
  The adjective NEUROTIC has 2 senses:

1. characteristic of or affected by neurosis
2. affected with emotional disorder

  Familiarity information: NEUROTIC used as an adjective is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


NEUROTIC (noun)


Sense 1neurotic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person suffering from neurosis

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

mental case; neurotic; psychoneurotic

Hypernyms ("neurotic" is a kind of...):

diseased person; sick person; sufferer (a person suffering from an illness)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "neurotic"):

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personality; a person with an antisocial personality disorder ('psychopath' was once widely used but has now been superseded by 'sociopath'))


NEUROTIC (adjective)


Sense 1neurotic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Characteristic of or affected by neurosis

Classified under:

Relational adjectives (pertainyms)

Context examples:

neurotic disorder / neurotic symptoms

Pertainym:

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


Sense 2neurotic [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Affected with emotional disorder

Synonyms:

psychoneurotic; neurotic

Similar:

psychosomatic (used of illness or symptoms resulting from neurosis)

phobic (suffering from irrational fears)

pathological (caused by or evidencing a mentally disturbed condition)

obsessive-compulsive (characterized by obsessions and compulsions)

obsessional; obsessive (characterized by or constituting an obsession)

nymphomaniac; nymphomaniacal ((used of women) affected with excessive sexual desire)

monomaniacal (obsessed with a single subject or idea)

megalomaniacal; megalomanic (suffering from megalomania)

hysteric; hysterical (characterized by or arising from psychoneurotic hysteria)

hypochondriac; hypochondriacal (suffering from hypochondria)

disturbed; maladjusted (emotionally unstable and having difficulty coping with personal relationships)

delusional (suffering from or characterized by delusions)

compulsive (caused by or suggestive of psychological compulsion)

aboulic; abulic (suffering from abulia; showing abnormal inability to act or make decisions)

schizoid (marked by withdrawal and inability to form close relationships)

Antonym:

unneurotic (not neurotic)


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