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Definition of something bad:  long-lasting or happening all the time — especially of disease
  • chronic back pain
chronic = long-lasting
  • a chronic shortage of funds
  • chronic uneasiness
  • chronic fatigue syndrome
  • 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 younger children had perpetual colds and suffered from chronic ground-itch;
    Harper Lee  --  To Kill a Mockingbird
  • chronic = continual
  • The result was chronic emptiness and boredom.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • chronic = long-lasting (of something bad)
  • 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
  • Through the other half of the night, the doctor's calls came to him over the telephone-all chronic cases.
    Eudora Welty  --  The Collected Stories of Eudora Welty
  • He was beginning to find, in his wretched clothing and meager state of body, that people took him for a chronic type of bum and beggar.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  Sister Carrie
  • The effects of swainsonine poisoning are chronic, the alkaloid rarely kills outright.
    Jon Krakauer  --  Into the Wild
  • And the tribe of chronic masturbators.
    Sherman Alexie  --  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
  • 'Part of it is the PTSD-Peter's response to chronic victimization.
    Jodi Picoult  --  Nineteen Minutes
  • What if it were possible for autism— for mind-blindness—to be a temporary condition instead of a chronic one?
    Malcolm Gladwell  --  Blink
  • "No," says Bill, "nothing chronic except malaria and accidents.
    O. Henry  --  The Ransom of Red Chief
  • It was a chronic attribute, pervading his entire person.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • The chronic scarcity of officers strongly affected my duties in Blackie's Blackguards.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Starship Troopers
  • The immediate cause was the serious and probably chronic illness of Tom's mother.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • One chronic complaint was that the Imperium ignored "vital questions"—and so it did.
    Robert A. Heinlein  --  Glory Road
  • His chronic cough had taken on a jagged edge, an element of irresponsibility.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise

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