Definition of neurasthenic in US English:


noun & adjective

  • See neurasthenia

    • ‘Problems were magnified into calamities; the neurasthenic was ‘the victim of an abnormal state that is neither health nor disease.’’
    • ‘Her neurasthenic, fragile Aunt Lena is already trite; her mean, scary cousin Bobby Lee is already trite; her columned, shuttered house in Natchez is already trite.’
    • ‘For certain troublesome neurasthenic cases, particularly in women, this discussion suggests a practical therapeutic measure.’
    • ‘For example, it isn't hard to imagine that many a person with multiple sclerosis was once considered neurasthenic.’
    • ‘Here is the prototypical neurasthenic fatigue - almost suicidal, but ultimately too passive and weak to even take that course of action.’