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= Etymology=[edit]

From schizophrenia +‎ -ic.



schizophrenic (comparative more schizophrenic, superlative most schizophrenic)

  1. Of or pertaining to schizophrenia.
  2. (of a person) Afflicted with schizophrenia; having difficulty with perception of reality.
  3. (colloquial, offensive) Behaving as if one has more than one personality; wildly changeable.
    • 2011, Edmund Hey, Neonatal Formulary: Drug Use in Pregnancy and the First Year of Life
      Society currently displays a schizophrenic attitude to drug abuse. We seem to accept alcohol intake and smoking during pregnancy even though we know that these drugs can be addictive, and that regular use can affect the baby.
    • 2012, Thomas Boylan, ‎Paschal O'Gorman, Hahn and Economic Methodology
      The neoclassical synthesis was a schizophrenic approach to economics – a way of subscribing to both Keynesian and classical analysis.

Usage notes[edit]

  • The colloquial use of this word (equating the condition with having multiple personalities) is discouraged by some to avoid stigmatization and misunderstanding of the disorder.

Related terms[edit]



schizophrenic (plural schizophrenics)

  1. A person suffering from schizophrenia.