mental disease

   obsolete
   syphilis
   A common usage in the days when those with third-degree syphilis, along with dipsomaniacs, formed the majority of those in lunatic asylums:
    ... even in 1966 Winston's son Randolph referred to his grandfather as suffering from a 'severe mental disease'. (R. Massie, 1992 — Lord Randolph Churchill had contracted syphilis either from a prostitute at Oxford or from a maid at Blenheim after his wife's confinement with Winston)

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

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  • mental disease — mental dis·ease n: an abnormal mental condition that interferes with mental or emotional processes and internal behavioral control and that is not manifest only in repeated criminal or antisocial conduct; broadly: mental illness ◇ Mental disease… …   Law dictionary

  • mental disease — mental illness, psychological disorder …   English contemporary dictionary

  • mental disease — noun any disease of the mind; the psychological state of someone who has emotional or behavioral problems serious enough to require psychiatric intervention • Syn: ↑mental illness, ↑psychopathy • Ant: ↑mental health (for: ↑mental illness) …   Useful english dictionary

  • mental disease — /ˈmɛntl dəziz/ (say mentl duhzeez) noun → mental illness …   Australian English dictionary

  • mental disease — A disease affecting the mind. For the purposes of a Durham or product test in determining criminal responsibility, a condition which is considered capable of either improving or deteriorating. Durham v United States, 94 App DC 228, 214 F2d 862,… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • mental disease — see under disorder …   Medical dictionary

  • mental disease or defect — See insanity …   Black's law dictionary

  • Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease — The Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease is a scholarly journal on psychopathology.Founded in 1874, it is the world s oldest independent scientific monthly in the field of human behavior. Articles cover theory, etiology, therapy, social impact… …   Wikipedia

  • Mental Pathology —     Mental Pathology     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Mental Pathology     This subject will be considered under the following headings:     I. Localization of Mental Faculties     II. Causes of Mental Disturbances     III. Varieties of Insanity… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • mental illness — mental ill·ness n 1: mental disease 2: a mental condition marked primarily by sufficient disorganization of personality, mind, and emotions to seriously impair the normal psychological and often social functioning of the individual – called also… …   Law dictionary

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