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chronic back pain
  of something bad:  long-lasting — especially of disease
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chronic chronically chronicity
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  • chronic back pain
  • a chronic shortage of funds
  • chronic uneasiness
  • chronic fatigue syndrome

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  • A sort of chronic remorse went with him everywhere, although not strong enough to make any decided change in his course; and this very remorse reacted again into indulgence.
    Harriet Beecher Stowe  --  Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • The result was chronic emptiness and boredom.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • (And shortly thereafter went in to a long and distinguished career of chronic alcoholism.
    John Green  --  An Abundance of Katherines
  • But the ongoing trouble, the chronic, complicated difficulty of the kind Patrick Hickey’s parents have faced the last few years of his life is the one that shakes me from all my confidences.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • Chiron went through a long list of other injuries they had experienced during the first three-legged death race, all of which he hoped to avoid this time: second-degree burns, burst eardrums, a pulled groin, and two cases of chronic Irish step dancing.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Trials of Apollo
  • Retraining should also succeed: ’Contentment’ messages will (1) counteract a brainswept tendency to question, and (2) lessen the chronic mournfulness effect.
    Trenton Lee Stewart  --  The Mysterious Benedict Society

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  • Hospital records: problems related to chronic alcoholism.
    Ellen Raskin  --  The Westing Game
  • Maybe it was a home with a chronically ill relative who was interested in regular examination by a young person who would listen endlessly to ailments and take precise notes.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • Chronic and severe.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • To Werner, he looks capable of severe and chronic violence.
    Anthony Doerr  --  All the Light We Cannot See
  • Another girl is frantically asking a nurse about the difference between "chronic medical conditions" and "pre-existing medical conditions."
    Lauren Oliver  --  Delirium
  • S/he experiences hallucinations, vomiting, chronic migraines, memory loss, and/or fainting spells.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • The rather desperate wreck of a father, a chronic lush and also something of a womanizer; the mother, slightly unbalanced and a grim pietist, known throughout the upper-middle-class, country-club and high-Episcopal echelons of the city for her long-suffering tolerance of her husband’s mistress, herself a social-climbing dimwit from the sticks; and the daughter finally, poor dead Maria, doomed and a victim from the outset through all the tangled misunderstandings, petty hatreds andů
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The symptoms were rather puzzling; not like ulcer, I thought, nor cancer—not with that much flesh still on his bones—perhaps just chronic gastritis, as Geilie insisted.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • As bright as he was, he was clumsy; his flat voice, his habit of breathing through his mouth due to a chronically blocked nose, gave him the appearance of being mildly stupid instead of excessively smart.
    Donna Tartt  --  The Goldfinch
  • Night sweats, unusual bruises, fatigue, chronic fevers?
    Khaled Hosseini  --  And The Mountains Echoed
  • The disbelief of the chronically hungry.
    Suzanne Collins  --  Catching Fire
  • They were used now to stomach-aches and a sort of chronic diarrhoea.
    William Golding  --  Lord of the Flies
  • All that cycling gave him chronically sore shoulders.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • Chronically dehydrated, he drank as much as he could; after an 880-meter run in 106-degree heat, he downed eight orangeades and a quart of beer.
    Laura Hillenbrand  --  Unbroken
  • It was a chronic attribute, pervading his entire person.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The effects of swainsonine poisoning are chronic, the alkaloid rarely kills outright.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • It was clear to me at a glance that he was in the grip of some deadly and chronic disease.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
  • They seemed to be modifying their usual attitude of floating, chronic disapproval.
    John Knowles  --  A Separate Peace
  • I lived in a state of chronic uneasiness respecting my behavior to Joe.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • He seemed under a chronic irritation of the greatest intensity.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • In practice the needs of the population are always underestimated, with the result that there is a chronic shortage of half the necessities of life; but this is looked on as an advantage.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • The dreadful secret of the murder was a chronic misery.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • A chronic chill kept her from feeling warm, in spite of being covered with her heavy woolen bedspread.
    Laura Esquivel  --  Like Water for Chocolate
  • I slept with Grandmother Baxter, who was afflicted with chronic bronchitis and smoked heavily.
    Maya Angelou  --  I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings
  • He had poor eyesight and chronic sinus trouble, which made war especially exciting for him, since he was in no danger of going overseas.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Of course they did not know this, they only wanted to take the land for rubber, but the Olinka have been eating yams to prevent malaria and to control chronic blood disease for thousands and thousands of years.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • A clean-cut and energetic thirty-two-year-old from Marietta, a suburb north of Atlanta, Anderson had battled a lifetime of chronically low self-esteem and a nagging feeling that there was something about himself that wasn’t quite right.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • Something chronic.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Pygmalion
  • He was thirty-eight, but his chronic weariness made people think at times that he was older than his brother.
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • We were still ten kilometers from the village when my chronic backache spread to a deep, rock-hard contraction across my lower belly, and I understood with horror that I was in labor.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • A chronic fear of being slighted made him avoid his equals, made him stand, where his inferiors were concerned, self-consciously on his dignity.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • The Outside dogs, whose digestions had not been trained by chronic famine to make the most of little, had voracious appetites.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Silent, slow, and solemn; bowing over still further his chronically broken back, he toiled away, as if toil were life itself, and the heavy beating of his hammer the heavy beating of his heart.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • What if it were possible for autism— for mind-blindness—to be a temporary condition instead of a chronic one?
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • It was now a chronic infection.
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  The Tipping Point
  • As a result, Aunt Pitty was chronically in what Uncle Peter called a "state," never knowing when her bedroom would be entered by an officer and a squad of men.
    Margaret Mitchell  --  Gone with the Wind
  • It is not uncommon for doctors to be chronic overachievers; Beck wasn’t the first physician to go overboard with a new hobby.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into Thin Air
  • This was one of his parts in the popular comedy he was performing,—a make-up he had adopted and which suited him about as well as the masks worn on the classic stage by paternal actors, who seen from one side, were the image of geniality, and from the other showed lips drawn down in chronic ill-temper.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • ’Part of it is the PTSD-Peter’s response to chronic victimization.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • There are marked symptoms of chronic exhibitionism.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
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