Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Word of the day: neurasthenia

The word of the day is neurasthenia:
  1. Psychiatry. (not in technical use) nervous debility and exhaustion occurring in the absence of objective causes or lesions; nervous exhaustion.

"'His normally taciturn character,' a young headquarters guard later remembered, 'had become dark, crabbed, irascible, somewhat neurasthenic, to the point that even the men of his escort feared him when he called them.'"

 - John Womack, Zapata and the Mexican Revolution

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