Definition of schizophrenic in US English:



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

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


  • A person with schizophrenia.

    ‘she was diagnosed as a paranoid schizophrenic’
    ‘he became known for his success in treating schizophrenics’
    • ‘The schizophrenic tends generally to retreat from involvement with his environment.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Ultimately, he emphasized the view that she was simply a paranoid schizophrenic rather than leaving the question open.’
    • ‘I was suitably impressed with my friend's performance as a schizophrenic, but the play by itself made no sense.’
    • ‘These parameters indicate that dosing this drug based on blood levels may optimize response in acute schizophrenics.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He cites studies finding that schizophrenics who haven't been drugged do not show higher dopamine levels than non-mentally-ill controls.’
    • ‘He said whatever is good for a normal person is good for a schizophrenic.’