balance of mind disturbed


balance of mind disturbed
   British
   a temporary insanity
   Legal jargon, especially of suicides where people want to bury the corpse in consecrated ground, or merely to reject the probability that someone had been driven to suicide as a rational choice:
    The verdict of the coroner was that he took his life while the balance of his mind was disturbed. I know little of my son's mind but I reject the comfortable euphemism. (P. D. James, 1972)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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