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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Woods was extremely psychotic and never should have been interrogated by detectives investigating the 1976 killing of 19-year-old Michelle Mitchell, Wang said. NBC News, "Nevada woman cleared of murder after 35 years in prison gets $3 million," 29 Aug. 2019 There are psychotic episodes that go along with this. Steve Sadin,, "Deerfield officials are open to allowing recreational marijuana sales, but in what form?," 13 July 2019 But in 2018, two-thirds of the attackers experienced mental health symptoms before the attacks, ranging from depression to psychotic symptoms including paranoia and hallucinations. Pete Williams, NBC News, "Secret Service report finds mass attackers leave warning signs before violence," 9 July 2019 Done right, research shows, the programs can dramatically help young people experiencing psychotic symptoms, with lasting benefits. Jocelyn Wiener,, "Calif. counties inconsistent in offering critical treatment for early psychosis," 5 July 2019 The lawsuit alleged that officers used excessive force against Boyd — and that county emergency medical personnel erred in injecting Boyd with the anti-psychotic medication Haldol, claiming the drug contributed to Boyd’s death. Alison Knezevich,, "Baltimore County agrees to pay $1.1M to settle lawsuit alleging excessive police force in death of 21-year-old," 5 Aug. 2019 Divorce filings from the parents of 24-year-old David Katz of Baltimore showed that as a teenager he was hospitalized twice in psychiatric facilities and was prescribed anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medications, the AP reported Monday. Nicole Darrah, Fox News, "Jacksonville gaming tournament shooter had been hospitalized for mental illness, documents show," 27 Aug. 2018 Charley was diagnosed as schizophrenic, psychotic, and bipolar. Jenny Aurthur, Longreads, "Of Breakdowns and Breakthroughs," 4 May 2018 The man accused of randomly attacking a woman on the Esplanade on Friday is currently in a psychotic state so debilitating that he could not be arraigned in Boston Municipal Court on Monday, according to court records and officials. John R. Ellement,, "Suspect in Esplanade attack on jogger sent to Bridgewater State Hospital for mental health evaluation," 1 July 2019

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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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