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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Some analysts look at the last few American presidential elections and see a schizoid polity. Keith C. Burris Pittsburgh Post-gazette (tns), Star Tribune, "A startling hypothesis: What if voters actually know what they want?," 20 Nov. 2020 But the story used to sketch in such a bracing and dark vision of social critique and the collapse of civilization turns schizoid and deranged. Patrick Z. Mcgavin, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Fight Club': THR's 1999 Review," 15 Oct. 2019 At Fields’ state trial, a psychologist who reviewed thousands of pages of his school and mental-health records testified that Fields was found to be suffering from bipolar disorder and schizoid personality disorder as a child. Paul Duggan, BostonGlobe.com, "Avowed neo-Nazi in Charlottesville car attack sentenced to life in prison for federal hate crimes," 28 June 2019 At Fields’s state trial, a psychologist who reviewed thousands of pages of his school and mental-health records testified that Fields was found to be suffering from bipolar disorder and schizoid personality disorder as a child. Paul Duggan, Washington Post, "Neo-Nazi in Charlottesville car attack to be sentenced for federal hate crimes," 28 June 2019 During Fields' state trial, a psychologist testified for the defense that Fields had inexplicable volatile outbursts as a young child, was diagnosed with bipolar disorder at age 6 and was later diagnosed with schizoid personality disorder. CBS News, "White supremacist gets life in prison for deadly Charlottesville car attack," 28 June 2019

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First Known Use of schizoid

Adjective

1920, in the meaning defined at sense 2b

Noun

1922, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for schizoid

Adjective

borrowed from German, from Schizophrenie schizophrenia + -oid -oid entry 2

Noun

derivative of schizoid entry 1

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20 Jan 2021

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“Schizoid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/schizoid. Accessed 24 Jan. 2021.

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schizoid

adjective
How to pronounce schizoid (audio)

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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