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Oct 6, 2011
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hebephrenia
retrodiction
onomasticon
anosognosia
keening

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with Anu Garg

anosognosia

PRONUNCIATION:
(uh-no-sog-NOH-zee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: Unawareness of one's disease, disability, or a defect.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek a- (without) + nosos (disease) + gnosis (knowledge). Earliest documented use: 1915. Also see agnosia.

NOTES:
Read these fascinating stories of anosognosia at The New York Times.

USAGE:
"When I weigh up how much we have achieved in 50 years in spite of our collective anosognosia, the thought of what we could have achieved, had we displayed an ounce of sanity, is enough to drive me nuts."
Munir Attaullah; Games People Play; Daily Times (Lahore, Pakistan); Aug 18, 2004.

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