tic douloureux love


from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A severe form of facial neuralgia; prosopalgia.

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  • noun Trigeminal neuralgia.

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  • noun intense paroxysmal neuralgia along the trigeminal nerve


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[French : tic, tic + douloureux, painful.]


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  • "The pretty book was called An Account of the Means by which Admiral Henry has Cured the Rheumatism, a Tendency to Gout, the Tic Douloureux, the Cramp, and other disorders; and by which a Cataract in the Eye was removed, and Stephen was looking at the pictures while Polly... played some variations on a theme by Pergolesi..."

    --Patrick O'Brian, The Letter of Marque, 26

    February 27, 2008