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  1. Psychiatry. of or relating to schizophrenia:

    Not all of these patients are schizophrenic.

  2. of or relating to conflicting or inconsistent elements; characterized by unusual disparity:

    It wavers from comedy to thriller to docudrama—a totally schizophrenic plot!


, Psychiatry.
  1. a person with schizophrenia:

    Schizophrenics are often unable to focus on certain objects.

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Word History and Origins

Origin of schizophrenic1

First recorded in 1910–15; schizophren(ia) ( def ) + -ic ( def )

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Example Sentences

Paranoid schizophrenic, chemical imbalance, with acute psychotic episodes, and she didn’t know that I had to be hospitalized.

From Time

They show up when a schizophrenic man is setting fires to his neighbor’s furniture, and when a 13-year-old finds her father hanging from a basement pipe.

Meanwhile, back in London, Olivia’s adoptive father starts to wonder if a new schizophrenic patient might be his daughter’s long-lost twin brother.

Public defenders, however, produced mental health and criminal records from New Mexico showing that Moore had been diagnosed much earlier in life as a paranoid schizophrenic.

Turning from biblical interpretation to psychiatry, the actor added, “I think the man was likely schizophrenic.”

In North Carolina, they let a 54-year-old untreated schizophrenic die of thirst after 35 days in solitary confinement.

The anecdotes all reveal something uncomfortably schizophrenic about our world…but even so: what has gotten into this woman?

When it comes to environmental protection, the Obama administration has seemed nothing less than schizophrenic.

What if Charlize Theron was brought in to do a remake of the Sally Field schizophrenic classic Sybil?

He begins jabbering like a schizophrenic parrot reading a Sanskrit dictionary backward!

I am (to state it in politically incorrectly language) a schizophrenic.

Therapeutic running also seems to benefit schizophrenic patients.

There are good reasons for believing specific schizophrenic thought-disturbance to be the result of a complex.

Like the schizophrenic, Martin was living in a little world that was cut off from the actual physical world around his body.