Definition of schizophrenic in US English:

schizophrenic

adjective

  • 1Having, relating to, or characteristic of schizophrenia.

    ‘schizophrenic patients’
    ‘schizophrenic symptoms’
    • ‘Only one of the six people who appear in the film identifies herself as schizophrenic.’
    • ‘They're not really sure what he suffered from, but some believe that he was schizophrenic.’
    • ‘These characteristics are strikingly displayed in the art of the schizophrenic prisoner.’
    • ‘Congenitally handicapped and crippled by severe schizophrenic tendencies, he sought refuge in his awesome drawings and in his strange world of dreams.’
    • ‘His schizophrenic psychosis was a catatonic aspect, as he had few impulses of his own.’
    • ‘Self-hatred is accompanied in extreme cases by paranoid, schizophrenic, or manic-depressive psychoses.’
    • ‘Living with a schizophrenic, psychotic mother must have left an indelible mark on him.’
    • ‘Inside psychiatric hospitals, the schizophrenic architect is forced to confine his dreams to paper, or to minor alterations of his personal environment.’
    • ‘A psychiatrist who treated her testified that she has never been schizophrenic.’
    • ‘This is a drawing of my patient in an acute state of a chronic, schizophrenic illness.’
    1. 1.1 (in general use) characterized by inconsistent or contradictory elements.
      ‘walking around the museum was a strangely schizophrenic experience’
      • ‘After that initial lawsuit, they took the schizophrenic step of complying with the ruling.’
      • ‘It's a very schizophrenic life I lead.’
      • ‘The best of these songs verges on being schizophrenic with its double vocals.’
      • ‘He muddled his way through the opening verse and belted out the chorus, creating a schizophrenic performance.’
      • ‘The film makes an implicit statement about our schizophrenic, debt-driven economy.’
      • ‘She turns to the only man on the planet whose liberal do-gooding is more schizophrenic than her own.’
      • ‘The dizzying altitude, schizophrenic temperatures, lack of rainfall, and coarse terrain make it one of the most grim of all the places that humans call home.’
      • ‘The mountain is a 6,288-foot-high fortress guarded by schizophrenic weather that could turn the devil himself into a sniveling wuss.’
      • ‘What really does this film in is the schizophrenic nature of the story.’
      • ‘His debut feature suffers from a schizophrenic lack of focus.’

noun

  • A person with schizophrenia.

    ‘she was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic’
    ‘he became known for his success in treating schizophrenics’
    • ‘He said whatever is good for a normal person is good for a schizophrenic.’
    • ‘The schizophrenic tends generally to retreat from involvement with his environment.’
    • ‘He cites studies finding that schizophrenics who haven't been drugged do not show higher dopamine levels than non-mentally-ill controls.’
    • ‘I was suitably impressed with my friend's performance as a schizophrenic, but the play by itself made no sense.’
    • ‘Ultimately, he emphasized the view that she was simply a paranoid schizophrenic rather than leaving the question open.’
    • ‘I'd love to play a mental patient—a schizophrenic, something like that.’
    • ‘The press dubbed him "The Oddfather" after he began posing as a schizophrenic in the late 1960s.’
    • ‘In the case of schizophrenics, delusions can arise through misinterpreting other people's actions, misreading other people's minds.’
    • ‘I assume your writer watched the film, yet somehow this didn't stop him from simply tagging all these individuals as schizophrenics.’
    • ‘These parameters indicate that dosing this drug based on blood levels may optimize response in acute schizophrenics.’

Pronunciation

schizophrenic

/ˌskɪtsəˈfrɛnɪk//ˌskitsəˈfrenik/