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A.Word.A.Day--dysphoria

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dysphoria (dis-FOR-ee-uh) noun

A state of anxiety and restlessness.

[From New Latin, from Greek dysphoria (discomfort), from dys- (bad), + phoros (bearing), from pherein (to bear).]

"Outside a war, the writing disintegrates. The second half of the Seventies shuffles by in a few chapters of post-Vietnam dysphoria and feckless office journalism." Christopher Morris, Book Review / Ace Newsman in Death Plunge Drama, Independent (London), Mar 19, 1994.

"Despite this unhappy history, there now seems to be less danger of another cycle of euphoria and dysphoria. Companies with truly talented management, Infosys and Satyam Infoway, have issued ADRs on America's Nasdaq, and ICICI Bank trades on the New York Stock Exchange." Editorial, The Return of a Big Bet, The Wall Street Journal (New York), Jan 27, 2000.

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