Definition of schizoid in English:



  • 1Denoting or having a personality type characterized by emotional aloofness and solitary habits.

    • ‘The need to create a citadel in which to hide from the world is characteristic of people with a schizoid disposition.’
    • ‘The distinction is comparable to that between schizophrenia and schizoid personality disorder.’
    • ‘People with schizoid personality disorder do not have schizophrenia, but it is thought that many of the same risk factors in schizophrenia may be factors causing schizoid personality disorder.’
    • ‘Chronicity was associated with premorbid schizoid personality.’
    • ‘The survey found no gender differences in the prevalence of obsessive-compulsive, schizoid, or histrionic personality disorders.’
    1. 1.1informal Having inconsistent or contradictory elements; mad or crazy.
      ‘it's a frenzied, schizoid place’
      • ‘This kind of schizoid superimposition is becoming a theatrical cliché, and if you don't groove on it and TV trivia, you may not join in the aficionados' laughter.’
      • ‘Leave it to them to balance the uproariously bizarre with the mentally disturbed to create a wonderfully schizoid DVD package.’
      • ‘It's a schizoid record that delighted and confused critics.’
      • ‘This schizoid creation features Farfisa, guitar, bass, drums and occasional chanting, but horns and strings drop in for big orchestral melées as well as cold, ambient wanderings.’
      • ‘It is faithful to a world of surfaces, random sensations and schizoid human subjects.’
      • ‘She interpolates historical footage of Greek immigrants coming to Australia, suggesting the hold the past - however distant - continues to have on a schizoid community.’
      • ‘But his language has a cracked and schizoid relation to reality and cannot assuage the sense of existential dread that haunts his world.’
      • ‘The scene is postwar Vienna, a city under the schizoid control of four powers in uneasy alliance: Britain, France, Russia, and Austria.’
      • ‘The writing on the author's UNICEF role is a case in point of this schizoid mixture of the posturing and the pure.’
      • ‘It's all organic, Moss says, shrugging ruefully at the almost clichéd expression, but in the end, amongst the schizoid existence, the fear and the joy, Moss is a foot soldier in a war.’
      • ‘Instead of trying to play the blame game, the film probes into the core issue of what surrounds the notion of ‘conversion’ while a schizoid nation debates the dilemma of to be or not to be a Hindu.’
      • ‘Till then we continue, schizoid, half in despair, half in hope.’
      • ‘Stars throughout history have consistently displayed a schizoid attitude to their choice of roles.’
      • ‘The schizoid character of this ‘exiguous’ condition is compounded by the fact that the attitude of belonging to two cultures is often not shared by the majority culture.’
      • ‘The flip side is the hypocrisy of not admitting the U.S. need for cheap labor, which contradicts its schizoid defensive posture of trying to stem the tide.’
      • ‘Let's not be prudes and have this schizoid attitude towards sex!’
      • ‘It is a schizoid text of herstory, and the moments in the texts when she aspires towards primordial ideological bullying are way off the mark.’
      • ‘The juxtaposition of the fussily constructed trees and their funky, expressionistic bases brings home the schizoid quality of our cultivation of nature.’
      • ‘America is a schizoid nation, as I've commented before.’
      • ‘The rationale for this schizoid behavior is that it's necessary for promoting a coherent media image.’


  • A schizoid person.

    • ‘Here, the softspoken and mentally deficient Ming Ming innocently practices her dancing while also making friends with various other schizoids and lower-functioning inhabitants of the home.’
    • ‘‘We're a couple of schizoids aren't we,’ he said at last.’
    • ‘If schizoids were creating the art of modernism, their narcissistic cousins (who, by definition, need to control other people) are creating its social ideas/systems (socialism, fascism, economic planning).’
    • ‘Or was he an insane schizoid who failed to know right from wrong?’
    • ‘She must have been going through a lot, trying to deal with the fact that her youngest daughter was a schizoid.’