neurasthenia neurasthenia  /ˌnʊ ræs ˈθi ni ə/

Definition(s):

  • (n) nervous breakdown (not in technical use)

Usage(s):

  1. His family was sunk in a kind 'of permanent neurasthenia, the petit-bourgeois provincial twilight known to every reader of Strindberg or Ibsen.
  2. Boils, hemorrhoids, lazy liver, insomnia and neurasthenia prevented the completion of Vols.
  3. By 1912, when they married, she already had a history of neurasthenia that included two breakdowns and an attempt to throw herself out of a window after her mother's death.
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