Today’s Word: hebephrenia

Word: hebephrenia

PRONUNCIATION:

(hee-buh-FREE-nee-uh)

MEANING:

noun: A form of insanity occurring at puberty, also known as disorganized schizophrenia.

ETYMOLOGY:

From Greek hebe (youth) + phren (mind). Earliest documented use: 1883.

USAGE:

“Lisa Carver’s prose is that of a freewheeling dunce high school junior who’s given to frequent attacks of hebephrenia mixed with suffocating narcissism.”
Sally Eckhoff; Zine But Not Heard; The Village Voice (New York); Sep 3, 1996.
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