- nouna state of depression and anhedonia so severe as to require clinical intervention• Hypernyms: ↑affective disorder, ↑major affective disorder, ↑emotional disorder, ↑emotional disturbance• Hyponyms:↑agitated depression, ↑anaclitic depression, ↑dysthymia, ↑dysthymic depression, ↑endogenous depression, ↑exogenous depression, ↑reactive depression, ↑major depressive episode, ↑neurotic depression, ↑psychotic depression, ↑retarded depression
* * *Psychiatry. a depression so severe as to be considered abnormal, either because of no obvious environmental causes, or because the reaction to unfortunate life circumstances is more intense or prolonged than would generally be expected.
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