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schizoid

[skit-soid]
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adjective
  1. Psychology. of or relating to a personality disorder marked by dissociation, passivity, withdrawal, inability to form warm social relationships, and indifference to praise or criticism.
  2. Informal. of or relating to schizophrenia or to multiple personality.
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noun
  1. a schizoid person.
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Origin of schizoid

1920–25; schiz- + -oid
Related formsun·schiz·oid, adjective
Can be confusedneurotic psychotic schizoid schizophrenic
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Examples from the Web for schizoid

Historical Examples

  • Yes, yes; that is the diagnosis, "personality pattern disturbance with schizoid features and passive-aggressive tendencies."

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy

  • Lee has to be diagnosed as 'personality pattern disturbance with schizoid features and passive-aggressive tendencies.'

    Warren Commission (8 of 26): Hearings Vol. VIII (of 15)

    The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy


British Dictionary definitions for schizoid

schizoid

adjective
  1. psychol denoting a personality disorder characterized by lack of close relationships with other people and more than usual self-absorption
  2. informal, offensive characterized by or showing conflicting or contradictory attitudes, ideas, etc
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noun
  1. a person who has a schizoid personality
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usage

Rather than referring to someone as a schizoid it is better to talk about a person with a schizoid personality disorder
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Word Origin and History for schizoid

adj.

"resembling schizophrenia," 1925, from German schizoid (1921), from front part of schizophrenia + Greek -oeides "like," from eidos "form, shape" (see -oid).

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

schizoid in Medicine

schizoid

(skĭtsoid′)
adj.
  1. Of, relating to, or having a personality marked by extreme shyness, seclusiveness, and an inability to form close friendships or social relationships.
  2. Schizophrenic. No longer in scientific use.
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n.
  1. A schizoid or schizophrenic person.
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