schizoid

adjective
schiz·​oid | \ ˈskit-ˌsȯid How to pronounce schizoid (audio) \

Definition of schizoid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : having mutually contradictory or antagonistic parts : changing frequently between opposite states … the show deftly exposes the schizoid personality of the decade, which moved from conservatism to pop-culture hedonism in the batting of a false eyelash.— John Duka It's not her fault that the character … seems more than a little schizoid—one minute acting like a confirmed colonialist, the next spouting stirring multiculturalist speeches.— David Ansen

2 psychology

a : of, relating to, or having a personality characterized especially by emotional and social detachment, indifference, and lack of affect : affected by schizoid personality disorder It is crucial that those involved in the care of the schizoid patient are able to accept the patient's lack of communication and need to withdraw, without resigning from treatment.— Birgitte Thylstrup and Morten Hesse
b : characterized by, resulting from, tending toward, or suggestive of schizophrenia That he is now free of schizoid symptoms, and that his personality survived intact without benefit of psychiatric care, make this book a testimonial against the "medical model" of schizophrenia that declares it an incurable disease.— Scott Vickers

schizoid

noun
plural schizoids

Definition of schizoid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with schizoid personality disorder … extreme schizoids seem impervious to all emotion—even anger, depression, and anxiety—not just to joy and pleasure.— Theodore Millon et al.

Examples of schizoid in a Sentence

Adjective

With his schizoid nature, you never know whether he will disagree or agree with you.

First Known Use of schizoid

Adjective

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined above

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schizoid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of schizoid

technical : relating to or having schizophrenia
: changing frequently between opposite states

schizoid

adjective
schiz·​oid | \ ˈskit-ˌsȯid How to pronounce schizoid (audio) \

Medical Definition of schizoid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of, relating to, having, or being a personality characterized especially by emotional and social detachment, indifference, and lack of affect : affected by schizoid personality disorder schizoid personalities It is crucial that those involved in the care of the schizoid patient are able to accept the patient's lack of communication and need to withdraw …— Birgitte Thylstrup and Morten Hesse
2 : characterized by, resulting from, tending toward, or suggestive of schizophrenia schizoid behavior

schizoid

noun

Medical Definition of schizoid (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person affected with schizoid personality disorder … extreme schizoids seem impervious to all emotion—even anger, depression, and anxiety—not just to joy and pleasure.— Theodore Millon et al.

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