depression; despondency or a tendency to be despondent.

1840–50; < Neo-Latin < Greek dysthymía; see dys-, -thymia

dysthymic, adjective
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dysthymia (dɪsˈθaɪmɪə)
1.  the characteristics of the neurotic and introverted, including anxiety, depression, and compulsive behaviour
2.  obsolete a relatively mild depression
[C19: New Latin, from Greek dusthumia, from dys- + thumos mind]

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dysthymia dys·thy·mi·a (dĭs-thī'mē-ə)
A mood disorder characterized by despondency or mild depression.

dys·thy'mic adj.
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dysthymia   (dĭs-thī'mē-ə)  Pronunciation Key 
A mood disorder characterized by chronic mild depression.
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