psychotic

adjective
psy·chot·ic | \sī-ˈkä-tik \

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 \ adverb

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 much as in the private sector. Donovan Slack, Usa Today, And Andrea Estes, USA TODAY, "Secret data: Most VA nursing homes have more residents with bed sores, pain, than private facilities," 25 June 2018 Allison immediately recognizes the other woman isn’t some kind of psychotic stalker, as Frank claimed. refinery29.com, "TV Loves Calling Out Cheaters Right Now," 10 July 2018 His Alabaster is prim, peculiar and possibly psychotic. Jake Coyle, kansascity, "Robert Pattinson elevates the melancholy Western ‘Damsel’," 5 July 2018 Cruz does not appear to have been diagnosed with any severe or psychotic mental illness, though state records indicate he was treated for depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and emotional behavioral disability. Brittany Wallman, latimes.com, "Parkland school shooter: Typical of today's mass killers studied by FBI," 1 July 2018 Cruz does not appear to have been diagnosed with any severe or psychotic mental illness, though state records indicate he was treated for depression, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and emotional behavioral disability. Paula Mcmahon, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Parkland school shooter: Typical of today's mass killers," 30 June 2018 Lochridge testifies that Will had been taking an anti-psychotic drug to help him sleep better. Erin Moriarty, CBS News, "Was alleged rape and shooting death investigation influenced by reality TV cameras?," 30 June 2018 The Marion facility rated worse than private nursing homes on more than half the indicators, including on the number of residents in pain, rates of anti-psychotic drug prescriptions, and residents’ deterioration. Maureen Groppe, Indianapolis Star, "Sen. Young to check out quality of VA nursing home in Marion," 29 June 2018 By the end of 2017, the VA scored worse on average than their private sector counterparts on nine of 11 key indicators, including rates of anti-psychotic drug use and residents’ deterioration. Donovan Slack, Usa Today, And Andrea Estes, USA TODAY, "Secret data: Most VA nursing homes have more residents with bed sores, pain, than private facilities," 25 June 2018

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First Known Use of psychotic

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychotic was circa 1890

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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 \

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 \ adverb

psychotic

noun

Medical Definition of psychotic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a psychotic individual

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