Definition of personality disorder in US English:

personality disorder


  • A deeply ingrained and maladaptive pattern of behavior of a specified kind, typically manifest by the time one reaches adolescence and causing long-term difficulties in personal relationships or in functioning in society.

    • ‘The former have an avoidant personality style, the latter an avoidant personality disorder.’
    • ‘People with schizoid personality disorder avoid relationships and do not show much emotion.’
    • ‘Antisocial personality disorder is best understood within the context of a broader category.’
    • ‘It seems the defendant is suffering from a paranoid personality disorder.’
    • ‘The long-term projection for people with paranoid personality disorder is bleak.’


personality disorder

/ˌpərsnˈalədē diˈsôrdər//ˌpərsnˈælədi dɪˈsɔrdər/