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schizo(phrenia)- +‎ -oid, from German, from Ancient Greek σχίζω (skhízō, to split) and εἶδος (eîdos, form, likeness).


  • IPA(key): /ˈskɪtsɔɪd/, /ˈskɪdzɔɪd/
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  • Hyphenation: schiz‧oid


schizoid (comparative more schizoid, superlative most schizoid)

  1. Characterized by social withdrawal and emotional coldness or flattened affectivity.
    • 1974, Thomas S. Szasz, M.D., chapter 8, in The Myth of Mental Illness[1], →ISBN, page 135:
      Abstract symbol systems, such as mathematics, are especially valuable for object-seeking for schizoid personalities. By means of such symbolizations, object contact may be sought and obtained, while at the same time a psychological distance may be maintained between self and other; it is virtually impossible to have a personal relationship and at the same time to maintain such distance.
  2. (archaic) schizophrenic
  3. (figuratively) Behaving as if one has more than one personality; wildly changeable.
    • 1972, Roy Temple House, Ernst Erich Noth, Books Abroad (volume 46, page 32)
      Babits himself never fully lived up to this program; indeed, the declaration itself shows his schizoid attitude toward poetry: he wants to say out loud that he does not want to be heard.



schizoid (plural schizoids)

  1. (psychiatry) someone with schizoid personality disorder
  2. (archaic) someone with schizophrenia


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