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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Since the beginning, Studio KO’s work has exhibited a kind of split personality, says Marty. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "A Moroccan Retreat With a French Minimalist Spin," 13 Aug. 2018 Seven Beef suffered from a split personality, but Central Smoke feels more focused and assured. Providence Cicero, The Seattle Times, "Central Smoke’s Asian-accented, down-home barbecue adds fire and spice to chilly nights," 25 Oct. 2018 That flamboyant fuchsia shows up again in the generous foyer, a room that hints at both what Lobell calls her split personality and what lies beyond. Kathleen Hackett, ELLE Decor, "All in the Family," 4 Oct. 2010 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

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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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