As an adjective, psychotic describes something that is of or related to an abnormal mental condition often characterized by delusions or hallucinations. Psychotic episodes, for example, are periods of mental instability when people lose contact with reality.

Psychotic is based on the Greek word psykhe, which means mind. As a noun, psychotic is a person suffering from psychosis — that is delusions, hallucinations, or any mental state that includes a loss of reality. Although the noun officially refers to the medical diagnosis, it is sometimes used as a slang to refer to anyone behaving in an erratic manner: "Your friend is a total psychotic! He was jumping on the tables at lunch and shouting song lyrics."

Definitions of psychotic
  1. adjective
    characteristic of or suffering from psychosis
    afflicted with or characteristic of mental derangement
  2. noun
    a person afflicted with psychosis
    synonyms: psycho, psychotic person
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    a person suffering from catalepsy
    paranoiac, paranoid
    a person afflicted with paranoia
    someone who is afflicted with schizophrenia
    type of:
    diseased person, sick person, sufferer
    a person suffering from an illness
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