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


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]


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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Bebe had struggled to care for her fatherless newborn, and during a psychotic break left her swaddled at a fire station, only for a social worker to place the baby with Linda, who had suffered five miscarriages and wanted to adopt. The Washington Post, The Mercury News, "It’s really all about the moms (and a few spoilers)," 21 June 2019 Applicants are screened to weed out people who should not take the drug, such as those who have had psychotic episodes. The Economist, "Psychedelic tourism is a niche but growing market," 7 June 2019 The study did not include men who had a current psychotic disorder, were hospitalized because of attempted suicide, or were currently receiving treatment for depression or PTSD. Aneri Pattani,, "Nearly half of men hospitalized with physical injuries develop depression or PTSD, study suggests," 6 June 2019 Moreover, Black and Brown people are disproportionately over-diagnosed with psychotic disorders; our behaviors are stigmatized and denoted as psychological flaws. Gloria Oladipo, Teen Vogue, "Why I Need a Woman of Color Therapist," 17 May 2019 And patients with psychotic disorders, such as one form of schizophrenia, raise their eyebrows often when averting their gaze. Sumathi Reddy, WSJ, "Does Your Smartphone Know if You’re Depressed?," 4 Apr. 2019 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 Patients with psychotic mental illness are sometimes slaves to their illness and are unable to make rational decisions. WSJ, "A Parkland, Fla., Father’s Lonely Crusade," 18 Jan. 2019 At all four, about a third of residents were given anti-psychotic drugs — almost twice as many as in the private sector., "Pain, bed sores more common at most VA nursing homes than private facilities, data show," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of psychotic

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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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


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

Medical Definition of psychotic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

Other Words from psychotic

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



Medical Definition of psychotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a psychotic individual

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