Definition of neurotic in English:

neurotic

adjective

Medicine
  • 1Having, caused by, or relating to neurosis.

    • ‘In most of these studies the subjects were being treated for endogenous depression, neurotic depressive reaction, or psychoneurotic reaction with depression.’
    • ‘This, it was believed, would pacify psychotic patients and relieve extreme neurotic symptoms.’
    • ‘The first thesis is that much neurotic symptomatology and indeed much so-called normal behaviour has a psychotic core.’
    • ‘King's symptoms reflect his own time just as Freud's neurotic patients described their suffering in a way that was a product of their historical period and peculiar moral and social discourse.’
    • ‘Thus, by putting the patient in contact with his phantasy world, psychoanalysis offers a special setting for a patient who is oscillating between the psychotic and the neurotic aspects of himself.’
    mentally ill, mentally disturbed, mentally deranged, unstable, unbalanced, maladjusted, psychoneurotic
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    1. 1.1 (in non-technical use) abnormally sensitive, obsessive, or anxious:
      ‘he seemed a neurotic, self-obsessed character’
      • ‘Maybe it's because this material is Jarecki's treasure-trove, and if filming is a neurotic, obsessive-compulsive activity, Jarecki is effectively complicit in it.’
      • ‘The amusing thing here, of course, is that De Niro's character in the film is clearly an obsessive, neurotic control freak who also teaches his cat to use a flush toilet.’
      • ‘There are other parallels between the two men, such as both have the same agent, and both of them seem to be rather neurotic and obsessive, a trait that seems to occur in many comedians.’
      • ‘In Down and Out in Beverly Hills, there is even a psychoanalyst, Dr. Von Zimmer, who treats neurotic canines.’
      • ‘While he is a sensitive and intelligent character, he is also incredibly neurotic and obsessed with his sister, Caddy.’
      overanxious, anxious, nervous, tense, highly strung, jumpy, oversensitive, paranoid
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noun

  • A neurotic person:

    ‘I wasn't going to be labelled as a hypochondriac or neurotic’
    • ‘Writing about dreams - for Freud, prime evidence in the case of neurotics - the Brazilian-trained psychoanalyst Ignes Sodre posits a common source for different affects.’
    • ‘In his quest to treat all neurotics, and not just those who suffer from hysteria, Freud abandons hypnotism and develops the technique of free association.’
    • ‘Freud concluded that both neurotics who had been exposed to shock and children who had been exposed to distress were attempting to master their unpleasant experiences by repeating them in dream and play.’
    • ‘I hope I haven't confused you too much about the difference between a psychotic and a neurotic, there is a definite difference.’
    • ‘This is the world of neurotics in which psychoanalysis is involved.’

Pronunciation:

neurotic

/njʊəˈrɒtɪk/