Etymology
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schizophrenic (adj.)

"characteristic of or having schizophrenia," 1912 (in translations of Bleuler); see schizophrenia + -ic. Also from 1912 as a noun, "schizophrenic person;" another attempted noun formation in English was schizophrene (by 1925), from German. Transferred adjectival sense of "contradictory, inconsistent" is by 1955. The jargon of psychology also produced schizophrenogenic "tending to spark or inspire schizophrenia."

updated on January 30, 2022

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