Antedating of "Neurotic"

Fred Shapiro fred.shapiro at YALE.EDU
Wed Apr 9 18:11:04 UTC 2003

Here is an antedating of the modern sense of the word "neurotic":

neurotic, adj. (OED, 2., 1873)

1866 Anne Brewster _St. Martin's Summer_ 95  The climate, from its lively
action on the skin, and the variety of impressions it makes on the body
and mind, is captially suited for alleviating the suffering arising from
all sorts of melancholy, and every kind of neurotic intermittent produced
by mental causes.

Fred Shapiro

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