split personality

noun

Definition of split personality 

1a : schizophrenia not used technically

b : multiple personality disorder not used technically

2 : a dual nature or character a city with a split personality

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Reconciling the government’s split personality may then prove an endeavour more treacherous than the Palio. The Economist, "Italy’s government proposes to limit fixed-term job contracts," 6 July 2018 Still, that glass vase and the organically twiggy Japanese magnolia that fill it—both rigid and expressive—have to work overtime to mediate between the split personalities of this room. Catherine Romano, WSJ, "A 21st-Century Approach to a 19th-Century Townhouse," 29 June 2018 For riders looking for something more substantial than a Sportster, but eschewing a big touring bike, the Sport Glide has a split personality. Bob Weber, chicagotribune.com, "Harley-Davidson Sport Glide returns to lineup," 13 Nov. 2017 That split personality cast its shadow over the one-hour-and-31-minute presentation. Lacey Rose, The Hollywood Reporter, "Inside "New" Fox's Upfront: NFL Gets a Big Push, Tim Allen Falls Flat," 14 May 2018 More from the pit: Pulled pork ($12 a pound) pulled the split personality act, too. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "52 Weeks of BBQ: Smoke Shack," 4 May 2018 Once again, the protests showed something of a split personality, with some participants vowing to be peaceful, while a few feet away, others prepared gasoline bombs to hurl at the Israeli side. David M. Halbfinger, BostonGlobe.com, "One killed as violence erupts anew at Israel-Gaza border," 13 Apr. 2018 As on the previous two Fridays, the protests showed something of a split personality, with some participants vowing to be peaceful as others a few feet away prepared gasoline bombs to hurl at the Israeli side. David M. Halbfinger And Iyad Abuheweila, New York Times, "One Dead Amid Violence in 3rd Week of Protests at Gaza-Israel Fence," 13 Apr. 2018 If there was any question about the Miami Heat's split personality, Tuesday night's 98-79 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers was the latest evidence. Ira Winderman, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Heat extend home rule in pushing past LeBron, Cavaliers 98-79," 28 Mar. 2018

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1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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split personality

noun

English Language Learners Definition of split personality

: a condition in which a person behaves in two very different ways at different times

split personality

noun

Medical Definition of split personality 

1 : schizophrenia not used technically

2 : multiple personality disorder not used technically

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