Definition of schizophrenia in English:

schizophrenia

Line breaks: schizo|phre¦nia
Pronunciation: /ˌskɪtsə(ʊ)ˈfriːnɪə
 
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noun

[mass noun]
1A long-term mental disorder of a type involving a breakdown in the relation between thought, emotion, and behaviour, leading to faulty perception, inappropriate actions and feelings, withdrawal from reality and personal relationships into fantasy and delusion, and a sense of mental fragmentation.
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  • The appellant suffers from paranoid schizophrenia which is a mental illness within the meaning of the Mental Health Act 1983.
  • Shortly after he finished his first album, he was diagnosed with chronic paranoid schizophrenia.
  • Some of these studies have now shown that children who develop schizophrenia are developmentally different.
1.1(In general use) a mentality or approach characterized by inconsistent or contradictory elements: Gibraltar’s schizophrenia continues to be fed by colonial pride
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  • Abrupt changes in mood, the destruction of comfort, and schizophrenia are all elements at work here.
  • Now that growth is faltering, the inconsistencies of our political schizophrenia are emerging.

Origin

early 20th century: modern Latin, from Greek skhizein 'to split' + phrēn 'mind'.

Derivatives

schizophrenic

Pronunciation: /-ˈfrɛnɪk/
adjective & noun
More example sentences
  • She ends up being schizophrenic, disturbed and a profound emotional influence on Jonathan.
  • Not only did his word-association experiments provide hard empirical evidence for the existence and power of unconscious complexes, but his work with schizophrenics carried psychoanalytic concepts into areas beyond Freud's reach.
  • Living with a schizophrenic, psychotic mother must have left an indelible mark on him.

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