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

Examples of split personality in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Another way to look at the economy’s split personality is by income level. Paul Davidson, USA TODAY, "Trump says economic recovery is V-shaped, Biden says it's a K. Who's right and what does it mean?," 1 Oct. 2020 The unusually warm winter has put the country in a bit of a split personality: some parts of the US are at risk for flooding, while others can expect worsening drought, instead. Scott K. Johnson, Ars Technica, "US weather outlook highlights spring flooding risk," 22 Mar. 2020 The actress has maintained something of a split personality throughout her career. Mary Sollosi, EW.com, "The Two Faces of Awkwafina: How the actress got in touch with her dramatic side for The Farewell," 11 Dec. 2019 Jekyll and Hyde: Sunnyvale Community Players stages a gothic musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story of split personality. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino/Sunnyvale calendar of events for the week of Sept. 27," 27 Sep. 2019 In the film, McAvoy plays a man with split personality disorder - hence the very clever title - who has 24 different personas all striving to dominate his consciousness. SI.com, "Kieran Tierney: The Archetypal Modern Full Back Who Is Finally Displaying His Talent," 25 Sep. 2019 It is eventually revealed that The Narrator has split personality disorder and has created the persona of Durden to liberate himself from social constraints. N.e.g., The Economist, "“Fight Club” presaged the darker corners of the internet," 10 Sep. 2019 Jekyll and Hyde: Sunnyvale Community Players stages a gothic musical based on Robert Louis Stevenson’s classic story of split personality. Sept. 14-Oct. 6. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "Cupertino/Sunnyvale calendar of events for the week of Sept. 20," 14 Sep. 2019 With its circular drive and manicured lawn, the stately French provincial home opening Sept. 21 as the 33rd annual decorator show house for Historic Ellicott City Inc. seems to have a split personality. Janene Holzberg, baltimoresun.com, "Old World grandeur meets homey in historic Ellicott City show house," 13 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of split personality

1919, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Split personality.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/split%20personality. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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