Definition of schizoid in US English:



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

    • ‘The distinction is comparable to that between schizophrenia and 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.’
    • ‘The need to create a citadel in which to hide from the world is characteristic of people with a schizoid disposition.’
    • ‘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.’
    1. 1.1informal Having inconsistent or contradictory elements; crazy.
      ‘it's a frenzied, schizoid place’
      • ‘The scene is postwar Vienna, a city under the schizoid control of four powers in uneasy alliance: Britain, France, Russia, and Austria.’
      • ‘Stars throughout history have consistently displayed a schizoid attitude to their choice of roles.’
      • ‘America is a schizoid nation, as I've commented before.’
      • ‘Till then we continue, schizoid, half in despair, half in hope.’
      • ‘But his language has a cracked and schizoid relation to reality and cannot assuage the sense of existential dread that haunts his world.’
      • ‘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 rationale for this schizoid behavior is that it's necessary for promoting a coherent media image.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The juxtaposition of the fussily constructed trees and their funky, expressionistic bases brings home the schizoid quality of our cultivation of nature.’
      • ‘It's a schizoid record that delighted and confused critics.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Leave it to them to balance the uproariously bizarre with the mentally disturbed to create a wonderfully schizoid DVD package.’
      • ‘The writing on the author's UNICEF role is a case in point of this schizoid mixture of the posturing and the pure.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Let's not be prudes and have this schizoid attitude towards sex!’
      • ‘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.’
      insane, mentally ill, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, sick in the head, not together, crazy, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, psychotic, psychopathic, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, away with the fairies, foaming at the mouth
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  • A schizoid person.

    • ‘Or was he an insane schizoid who failed to know right from wrong?’
    • ‘‘We're a couple of schizoids aren't we,’ he said at last.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She must have been going through a lot, trying to deal with the fact that her youngest daughter was a schizoid.’
    • ‘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).’