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schizoid

[ skit-soid ]
/ ˈskɪt sɔɪd /
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adjective
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.
Informal. of or relating to schizophrenia or to multiple personality.
noun
a schizoid person.

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Origin of schizoid

1920–25; schiz- + -oid

OTHER WORDS FROM schizoid

un·schiz·oid, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH schizoid

neurotic, psychotic, schizoid , schizophrenic
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British Dictionary definitions for schizoid

schizoid
/ (ˈskɪtsɔɪd) /

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

usage for schizoid

Rather than referring to someone as a schizoid it is better to talk about a person with a schizoid personality disorder
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for schizoid

schizoid
[ skĭtsoid′ ]

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