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Jun 12, 2015
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Jerusalem syndrome

Homer Simpson struck with the syndrome during his visit to Jerusalem
Homer Simpson struck with the syndrome during his visit to Jerusalem
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with Anu Garg

Jerusalem syndrome

PRONUNCIATION:
(ji-ROOS-uh-luhm SIN-drohm)

MEANING:
noun: A phenomenon in which a visitor to a holy place suffers from religious psychosis, such as believing him- or herself to be a messiah.

ETYMOLOGY:
After Jerusalem, Israel, where the phenomenon was first described by the psychiatrist Heinz Herman. Earliest documented use: 1987.

USAGE:
“Catherine admits a patient with Jerusalem syndrome who believes he has been touched by the hand of God.”
Kathryn Shattuck; What’s On Thursday; The New York Times; May 22, 2014.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
No one has ever become poor by giving. -Anne Frank, Holocaust diarist (12 Jun 1929-1945)

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