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[noo-rot-uh-siz-uh m, nyoo-] /nʊˈrɒt əˌsɪz əm, nyʊ-/
the state of having traits or symptoms characteristic of neurosis.
Origin of neuroticism
1895-1900; neurotic + -ism Unabridged
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Examples from the web for neuroticism
  • How much neuroticism anyone gets is determined largely by genetics.
  • Traits from neuroticism and anxiety to thrill- and novelty-seeking all have large genetic components.
  • But as the work progressed, the disparity between sound and movement helped intensify the neuroticism.
  • Maybe it is another example of big city neuroticism.
  • But the physical portrait betrays a certain neuroticism.
  • Asperger's: neuroticism, a lack of agreeableness, and a lack of extroversion.
  • Bop was a wildly introverted style developed out of a certain intellectualism and not a little neuroticism.
British Dictionary definitions for neuroticism


a personality trait characterized by instability, anxiety, aggression, etc
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Word Origin and History for neuroticism

1894, from neurotic + -ism.

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