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Jan 11, 2012
This week's theme
Words coined using combining forms

This week's words
duopsony
hypochondriac
dysthymia
autologous
gerontology

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dysthymia

PRONUNCIATION:
(dis-THY-mee-uh)

MEANING:
noun: A mild depression.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Greek dys- (bad) + -thymia (mental disorder), from thymos (mind, soul). Earliest documented use: 1842.

USAGE:
"It was as if my mood had been goaded away from situational discontentedness into a dysthymia that seemed now to be heading into full-fledged depression."
Meghan Daum; Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House; Knopf; 2011.

See more usage examples of dysthymia in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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