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Mental retardation.
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  1. Mental retardation.
  2. Severe intellectual disability. This term belongs to a classification system no longer in use.
  3. A type of severe intellectual disability characterized by subnormal development of intellectual capacity
(Uncountable) The property of being mentally ill; mental disorders taken as a whole.
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  1. (Uncountable) The property of being mentally ill; mental disorders taken as a whole.
  2. Any of various disorders characterized by impairment of an individual's thoughts, emotions, or social functioning, including schizophrenia and mood disorders such as bipolar disorder.
  3. Any of various psychiatric disorders or diseases, usually characterized by impairment of thought, mood, or behavior.
Any of various disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or autism spectrum disorder, characterized by a distressing or disabling impairment of an individual's cognitive, emotional, or social functioning.
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  1. Any of various disorders, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or autism spectrum disorder, characterized by a distressing or disabling impairment of an individual's cognitive, emotional, or social functioning.
The property of being deranged.
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  1. The property of being deranged.
  2. An act or instance of deranging.
  3. (Mathematics) A permutation of a set such that no element is in its previous position.
Mental illness. No longer in clinical use.
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  1. Mental illness. No longer in clinical use.
  2. Mental disorder, especially antisocial personality disorder.
  3. A personality disorder characterized by deceitfulness, manipulation, grandiosity, lack of empathy or guilt, and often aggressive or violent behavior. It is sometimes considered a subset of antisocial personality disorder.
Enthusiasm; excitement:
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  1. Enthusiasm; excitement:
  2. The condition of being mentally deranged.
  3. Dementia; insanity; lunacy
(Psychiatry) A disorder of the mind affecting perception, memory, and judgment, characterized by reduced ability to remember, control muscular movements, recognize familiar objects and sounds, etc.
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  1. (Psychiatry) A disorder of the mind affecting perception, memory, and judgment, characterized by reduced ability to remember, control muscular movements, recognize familiar objects and sounds, etc.
  2. (Obs.) Insanity; madness
  3. Deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment, resulting from an organic disease or a disorder of the brain. It is sometimes accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes.
Great or wild foolishness:
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  1. Great or wild foolishness:
  2. (--- Archaic) Intermittent mental derangement attributed to the changing phases of the moon.
  3. (--- Obs.) Intermittent insanity, formerly supposed to change in intensity with the phases of the moon
A major mental disorder in which the personality is very seriously disorganized and contact with reality is usually impaired: psychoses are of two sorts, a) functional (characterized by lack of apparent organic cause, and principally of the schizophrenic, paranoid, or bipolar type), and b) organic (characterized by a pathological organic condition such as brain damage or disease, metabolic disorders, etc.)
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  1. A major mental disorder in which the personality is very seriously disorganized and contact with reality is usually impaired: psychoses are of two sorts, a) functional (characterized by lack of apparent organic cause, and principally of the schizophrenic, paranoid, or bipolar type), and b) organic (characterized by a pathological organic condition such as brain damage or disease, metabolic disorders, etc.)
  2. An acute or chronic mental state marked by loss of contact with reality, disorganized speech and behavior, and often by hallucinations or delusions, seen in certain mental illnesses, such as schizophrenia, and other medical disorders.
  3. (Psychology) A severe mental disorder, sometimes with physical damage to the brain, marked by a deranged personality and a distorted view of reality.
The act of alienating or the condition of being alienated; estrangement:
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  1. The act of alienating or the condition of being alienated; estrangement:
  2. Emotional isolation or dissociation.
  3. In real property law, the voluntary and absolute transfer of title of possession, by gift, sale, or testamentary instrument, of real property from one to another. In real property law, the voluntary and absolute transfer of title of possession, by gift, sale, or testamentary instrument, of real property from one to another.
(Psychiatry) Any of various mental disorders in which there is a symptom or group of symptoms that causes psychological pain or discomfort and may be very disabling: common neuroses include anxiety, compulsions, phobias, and depression
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  1. (Psychiatry) Any of various mental disorders in which there is a symptom or group of symptoms that causes psychological pain or discomfort and may be very disabling: common neuroses include anxiety, compulsions, phobias, and depression
  2. A psychological state characterized by excessive anxiety or insecurity without evidence of neurologic or other organic disease, sometimes accompanied by defensive or immature behaviors. This term is no longer used in psychiatric diagnosis.
  3. A mild mental disorder characterized by excessive anxiety, insecurity, or obsession, usually compensated for by various defense mechanisms.
  1. Neurosis
  2. (Dated) neurosis
  3. Neurosis. No longer used in psychiatric diagnosis.
A strong fear, dislike, or aversion.
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  1. A strong fear, dislike, or aversion.
  2. An irrational, excessive, and persistent fear of some particular thing or situation
  3. A persistent, abnormal, and irrational fear of a specific thing or situation that compels one to avoid it, despite the awareness and reassurance that it is not dangerous.
(Psychiatry) A manifestation of bipolar disorder, marked usually by high energy, racing thoughts, irritability, and rapid speech.
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  1. (Psychiatry) A manifestation of bipolar disorder, marked usually by high energy, racing thoughts, irritability, and rapid speech.
  2. (Psychiatry) An abnormal psychological state characterized by symptoms such as elation, high energy and activity level, racing thoughts, irritability, and rapid speech, typically occurring in people with bipolar disorder.
  3. Wild or violent mental disorder; specif., the manic phase of bipolar affective disorder, characterized generally by abnormal excitability, exaggerated feelings of well-being, flight of ideas, excessive activity, etc.
(Uncountable) The state of being broken in mind; imbecility or weakness of intellect; derangement.
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  1. (Uncountable) The state of being broken in mind; imbecility or weakness of intellect; derangement.
  2. (Uncountable) The state of being broken down or weakened; as, the craziness of a ship, or of the limbs.
  3. (Countable) The result or product of being crazy.
A deviation from what is considered proper or normal.
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  1. A deviation from what is considered proper or normal.
  2. A defect in a lens or mirror that prevents light rays from being focused at a single point and results in a distorted or blurred image. &diamf3; Aberration that results in distortion of color is called chromatic aberration. &diamf3; Aberration that is caused by imperfections in the surface or shape of a spherical mirror or lens is called spherical aberration.
  3. An imperfect image caused by a physical defect in an optical element, as in a lens.
The state of being senseless.
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(Countable) A thing or event that is foolish, or an absurdity.
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  1. (Countable) A thing or event that is foolish, or an absurdity.
  2. (Uncountable) The state of being foolish.
The quality of being foolhardy.
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(Uncountable) The state of being broken in mind; imbecility or weakness of intellect; derangement.
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  1. (Uncountable) The state of being broken in mind; imbecility or weakness of intellect; derangement.
  2. (Uncountable) The state of being broken down or weakened; as, the craziness of a ship, or of the limbs.
  3. (Countable) The result or product of being crazy.
(Obs.) Insanity; madness
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  1. (Obs.) Insanity; madness
  2. (Psychiatry) A disorder of the mind affecting perception, memory, and judgment, characterized by reduced ability to remember, control muscular movements, recognize familiar objects and sounds, etc.
  3. Deterioration of intellectual faculties, such as memory, concentration, and judgment, sometimes accompanied by emotional disturbance and personality changes. Dementia is caused by organic damage to the brain (as in Alzheimer's disease), head trauma, metabolic disorders, or the presence of a tumor.
The property of being deranged.
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  1. The property of being deranged.
  2. An act or instance of deranging.
  3. (Mathematics) A permutation of a set such that no element is in its previous position.
A disturbing or being disturbed
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  1. A disturbing or being disturbed
  2. A variation in normal wind conditions.
  3. The condition of being disturbed:
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
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  1. Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
  2. Insanity; madness
Great or wild foolishness:
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  1. Great or wild foolishness:
  2. (--- Archaic) Intermittent mental derangement attributed to the changing phases of the moon.
  3. (--- Obs.) Intermittent insanity, formerly supposed to change in intensity with the phases of the moon
Enthusiasm; excitement:
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  1. Enthusiasm; excitement:
  2. The condition of being mentally deranged.
  3. Dementia; insanity; lunacy
Any of various disorders characterized by impairment of an individual's thoughts, emotions, or social functioning, including schizophrenia and mood disorders such as bipolar disorder.
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  1. Any of various disorders characterized by impairment of an individual's thoughts, emotions, or social functioning, including schizophrenia and mood disorders such as bipolar disorder.
  2. (Uncountable) The property of being mentally ill; mental disorders taken as a whole.
  3. Any of various psychiatric disorders or diseases, usually characterized by impairment of thought, mood, or behavior.
Mental illness. No longer in clinical use.
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  1. Mental illness. No longer in clinical use.
  2. Mental disorder, especially antisocial personality disorder.
  3. A personality disorder characterized by deceitfulness, manipulation, grandiosity, lack of empathy or guilt, and often aggressive or violent behavior. It is sometimes considered a subset of antisocial personality disorder.
The condition of being unbalanced; imbalance
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  1. The condition of being unbalanced; imbalance
An excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire:
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  1. An excessively intense enthusiasm, interest, or desire:
  2. (Psychiatry) An abnormal psychological state characterized by symptoms such as elation, high energy and activity level, racing thoughts, irritability, and rapid speech, typically occurring in people with bipolar disorder.
  3. Wild or violent mental disorder; specif., the manic phase of bipolar affective disorder, characterized generally by abnormal excitability, exaggerated feelings of well-being, flight of ideas, excessive activity, etc.
The apparent displacement of the position of a celestial body in the direction of motion of an observer on Earth, caused by the motion of Earth and the finite velocity of light.
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  1. The apparent displacement of the position of a celestial body in the direction of motion of an observer on Earth, caused by the motion of Earth and the finite velocity of light.
  2. An imperfect image caused by a physical defect in an optical element, as in a lens.
  3. A defect in a lens or mirror that prevents light rays from being focused at a single point and results in a distorted or blurred image. &diamf3; Aberration that results in distortion of color is called chromatic aberration. &diamf3; Aberration that is caused by imperfections in the surface or shape of a spherical mirror or lens is called spherical aberration.
Emotional isolation or dissociation.
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  1. Emotional isolation or dissociation.
  2. The act of alienating or the condition of being alienated; estrangement:
  3. In real property law, the voluntary and absolute transfer of title of possession, by gift, sale, or testamentary instrument, of real property from one to another. In real property law, the voluntary and absolute transfer of title of possession, by gift, sale, or testamentary instrument, of real property from one to another.
The quality or state of being absurd; nonsense
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  1. The quality or state of being absurd; nonsense
  2. An absurd idea or thing
A structure, such as a pavilion in a garden, that is chiefly decorative rather than practical in purpose.
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  1. A structure, such as a pavilion in a garden, that is chiefly decorative rather than practical in purpose.
  2. Lack of good sense, understanding, or foresight:
  3. A costly undertaking having an absurd or ruinous outcome.
An instance of foolish behavior or speech; a jest.
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  1. An instance of foolish behavior or speech; a jest.
  2. Foolish behaviour or speech.
  3. Foolish behavior or a foolish action
(Uncountable) The state of being foolish.
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  1. (Uncountable) The state of being foolish.
  2. (Countable) A thing or event that is foolish, or an absurdity.
An idiotic act or remark
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  1. An idiotic act or remark
  2. Behavior like that of an idiot; great foolishness or stupidity
  3. A foolish or stupid utterance or deed.
An imbecile act or remark
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  1. An imbecile act or remark
  2. Behavior like that of an imbecile; great foolishness or stupidity
  3. Something, such as an act or suggestion, that is considered stupid or foolish.
A wildly foolish or irrational act.
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  1. A wildly foolish or irrational act.
  2. Great or wild foolishness:
  3. (--- Obs.) Intermittent insanity, formerly supposed to change in intensity with the phases of the moon
The condition of being mentally deranged.
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  1. The condition of being mentally deranged.
  2. Enthusiasm; excitement:
  3. Dementia; insanity; lunacy
Matter of little or no importance or usefulness:
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  1. Matter of little or no importance or usefulness:
  2. Words or signs having no intelligible meaning:
  3. Extravagant foolishness or frivolity:
The state of being senseless.
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(Countable) An act that is silly; a result of being silly.
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  1. (Countable) An act that is silly; a result of being silly.
  2. (Uncountable) That which is perceived as silly or frivolous.
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  1. Foolish behaviour
  2. Foolish behavior; silliness; nonsense
  3. Something trivial or foolish; nonsense.
The state or condition of being zany.
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  1. The state or condition of being zany.
(Uncountable) The state of being broken down or weakened; as, the craziness of a ship, or of the limbs.
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  1. (Uncountable) The state of being broken down or weakened; as, the craziness of a ship, or of the limbs.
  2. (Uncountable) The state of being broken in mind; imbecility or weakness of intellect; derangement.
  3. (Countable) The result or product of being crazy.

Synonym Study

  • Psychosis is the psychiatric term for any of various specialized mental disorders, functional or organic, in which the personality is seriously disorganized
  • Dementia is the general term for an acquired mental disorder, now generally one of organic origin, as distinguished from amentia (congenital mental deficiency)
  • Lunacy specifically suggests periodic spells of insanity, but is now most commonly used in its extended sense of extreme folly
  • Insanity , current in popular and legal language but not used technically in medicine, implies mental derangement in one who formerly had mental health
Find another word for insanity. In this page you can discover 56 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for insanity, like: amentia, mental illness, mental-disorder, derangement, psychopathy, madness, dementia, lunacy, psychosis, alienation and neurosis.