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Psychiatry. relating to, characterized by, or exhibiting psychosis: a psychotic patient;psychotic symptoms;psychotic delusion.
(loosely) mentally unstable: The man who threw a stone through the convenience store window must be psychotic.
intensely upset, anxious, or angry; crazy: My dad gets so psychotic when I come home even a little bit late.
Psychiatry. a person afflicted with psychosis.
(loosely) someone who is mentally unstable: Her partner is a psychotic who often uses abusive language.
someone who exhibits extreme emotion or behavior: My brother turns into a complete psychotic whenever his team loses.
OTHER WORDS FOR psychotic
1 (in nontechnical usage) insane, psychopathic, mentally ill; mad, disturbed, deranged, demented, non compos mentis.
4 (in nontechnical usage) psychopath, madman, maniac.
OPPOSITES FOR psychotic
1 sane; compos mentis, rational, lucid.
3 calm, self-possessed.
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Origin of psychotic
First recorded in 1885–85; psych(osis) + -otic
OTHER WORDS FROM psychoticpsy·chot·i·cal·ly, adverbnon·psy·chot·ic, adjectivesem·i·psy·chot·ic, adjectiveun·psy·chot·ic, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH psychoticneurotic, psychotic , schizoid, schizophrenic
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How to use psychotic in a sentence
I do not realize it at the time, but I am psychotically depressed.Juvenilia: A Bibliography|Eric Puchner|February 15, 2010|DAILY BEAST
I am psychotically devoted to sense and my possibly quaint idea of decency.Operation: Outer Space|William Fitzgerald Jenkins
British Dictionary definitions for psychotic
/ (saɪˈkɒtɪk) psychiatry /
of, relating to, or characterized by psychosis
a person experiencing psychosis
Derived forms of psychoticpsychotically, adverb
usage for psychotic
It is preferable to talk about a person experiencing psychosis rather than a psychotic, which reduces a person's individuality
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