psychotic

adjective
psy·​chot·​ic | \ sī-ˈkä-tik How to pronounce psychotic (audio) \

Definition of psychotic

: of, relating to, marked by, or affected with psychosis a psychotic patient psychotic behavior

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Other Words from psychotic

psychotic noun
psychotically \ sī-​ˈkä-​ti-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychotically (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for psychotic

Synonyms

balmy, barmy [chiefly British], bats, batty, bedlam, bonkers, brainsick, bughouse [slang], certifiable, crackbrained, cracked, crackers, crackpot, cranky [dialect], crazed, crazy, cuckoo, daffy, daft, demented, deranged, fruity [slang], gaga, haywire, insane, kooky (also kookie), loco [slang], loony (also looney), loony tunes (or looney tunes), lunatic, mad, maniacal (also maniac), mental, meshuga (or meshugge), moonstruck, non compos mentis, nuts, nutty, psycho, scatty [chiefly British], screwy, unbalanced, unhinged, unsound, wacko (also whacko), wacky (also whacky), wud [chiefly Scottish]

Antonyms

balanced, compos mentis, sane, sound, uncrazy

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Examples of psychotic in a Sentence

He was diagnosed as psychotic. the identity of the psychotic murderer known as the Zodiac Killer remains an intriguing puzzle

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At all four, about a third of residents were given anti-psychotic drugs — almost twice as many as in the private sector. BostonGlobe.com, "Pain, bed sores more common at most VA nursing homes than private facilities, data show," 25 June 2018 Some have turned to unregulated alternatives such as kratom, which the Drug Enforcement Administration warns could cause dependence and psychotic symptoms. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018 William Allen was pushed out of the ranch and sent on a bus to Portland after he was given an anti-psychotic drug. OregonLive.com, "Inside the Rajneeshee secret files," 22 Apr. 2018 And schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders often manifest themselves in adolescence. Emily Bazar, The Seattle Times, "Typical kid behavior or a mental-health problem? It can be hard to decide.," 13 Aug. 2018 Cannabis use might exacerbate psychotic disorders in those who are susceptible to them, the report says. Rachel Becker, The Verge, "Legalizing weed is the right move for New York, the state’s health department says," 13 July 2018 Some have turned to unregulated alternatives such as kratom, which the Drug Enforcement Administration warns could cause dependence and psychotic symptoms. Anchorage Daily News, "Unintended consequences: Inside the fallout of America’s crackdown on opioids," 17 June 2018 And schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders often manifest themselves in adolescence. Emily Bazar, Washington Post, "When Erratic Teenage Behavior Means Something More," 14 June 2018 What’s more, much of that violence occurs when psychotic people are using drugs. Alex Berenson, WSJ, "Marijuana Is More Dangerous Than You Think," 4 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of psychotic

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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psychotic

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of psychotic

: having or relating to a very serious mental illness that makes you act strangely or believe things that are not true : relating to or suffering from psychosis

psychotic

adjective
psy·​chot·​ic | \ sī-ˈkät-ik How to pronounce psychotic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychotic

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: of, relating to, marked by, or affected with psychosis

Other Words from psychotic

psychotically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychotically (audio) \ adverb

psychotic

noun

Medical Definition of psychotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a psychotic individual

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