from The Century Dictionary.
- Morbidly sensitive; affected with hyperæsthesia. Also
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- adjective Relating to, or exhibiting,
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In those "hyperesthetic" conditions which chronic invalidism so often brings in its train, the dam has changed its normal place.
Such an ideal gains force for a time, then grows too wearisome, too extreme, and a generation grows up that throws it off and seeks pleasure frankly; paints, powders, dances, sings, develops the art of ` ` living, '' indulges the sense; becomes loose in morals, and hyperesthetic and over-refined in tastes.
The artistic temperament (found rather frequently in the non-artistic) is hyperesthetic, uncontrolled, irritably egoistic and demands homage and service from others which exceeds the merit of the individual; in other words, there is added to the anhedonic element an unreasonableness that is peculiarly exasperating.
There may be tenderer and more savoury bifsteks in the world, bifsteks which sizzle more seductively upon red hot plates, bifsteks with more proteids and manganese in them, bifsteks more humane to ancient and hyperesthetic teeth, bifsteks from nobler cattle, more deftly cut, more passionately grilled, more romantically served -- but not, believe me, for M. 1.20!
We here see described, in an unduly precocious and hyperesthetic form, ideas and feelings which, in a slighter and more fragmentary shape, may be paralleled in the early experiences of many normal men and women.
Under these influences boys and girls feel the purest and simplest sentiments in a hyperesthetic manner.
He will cure the fit, and bring the woman back to consciousness, satisfy her emotions, and restore her volition -- not by delicate touches that might be 'agonizing' to her hyperesthetic skin, but by vigorous massage, passive motions, and succussion that would be painless.
The next year he published _The Sufferings of Young Werther_, a tragic tale of a weak-willed sentimental youth of hyperesthetic tendencies, who commits suicide because of disappointment in love.
The part itself is not alone subject to an intense burning sensation, but becomes exquisitely hyperesthetic [supersensitive], so that a touch or a tap of the finger increases the pain.
The man is rendered hypoesthetic, the woman hyperesthetic. "