psychotic

[sahy-kot-ik]

adjective

noun

Psychiatry. a person afflicted with psychosis.
(loosely) someone who is mentally unstable: I always cross the street when I have to go past that homeless shelter; it's full of psychotics.

someone who exhibits extreme emotion or behavior: My brother turns into a complete psychotic whenever his team loses.

Origin of psychotic

First recorded in 1885–85; psych(osis) + -otic
Related formspsy·chot·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·psy·chot·ic, adjectivesem·i·psy·chot·ic, adjectiveun·psy·chot·ic, adjective
Can be confusedneurotic psychotic schizoid schizophrenic
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  • I am psychotically devoted to sense and my possibly quaint idea of decency.

    Operation: Outer Space

    William Fitzgerald Jenkins


British Dictionary definitions for psychotically

psychotic

adjective

of, relating to, or characterized by psychosis

noun

a person experiencing psychosis
Derived Formspsychotically, adverb

usage

It is preferable to talk about a person experiencing psychosis rather than a psychotic, which reduces a person's individuality
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Word Origin and History for psychotically

psychotic

adj.

1889, coined from psychosis, on the model of neurotic/neurosis, from Greek psykhe- "mind, soul" (see psyche).

psychotic

n.

"a psychotic person," 1901, from psychotic (adj.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychotically in Medicine

psychotic

[sī-kŏtĭk]

adj.

Of, relating to, or affected by psychosis.

n.

A person affected by psychosis.
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