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a psychotic killer
  one who suffers from a psychosis (any severe mental disorder in which contact with reality is lost or highly distorted)
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psychotic psychosis psychotically
Strongly Associated with:   neurotic
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  • a psychotic killer
  • She is borderline psychotic.
  • And what if he became as psychotic as Ben?
    James Dashner  --  The Maze Runner
  • The psychotic shrill of their pursuers’ cries rose behind them like the battle call of a demon army.
    James Dashner  --  The Scorch Trials

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  • I don’t know whether she was really well-centered, or just psychotic.
    Neal Shusterman  --  Unwind
  • Everyone wants to offer me pillows: We are all laboring under a mass psychosis that my rape and miscarriage have left me forever achy and delicate.
    Gillian Flynn  --  Gone Girl
  • "You’re psychotic!
    Kiera Cass  --  The Elite
  • But the bull appeared psychotic with rage, an animal out of control, and the bucking continued, fierce and unrelenting.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Longest Ride
  • Not psychotic, obviously .
    Rainbow Rowell  --  Eleanor & Park
  • Addison walked on all fours with his snub nose in the air while the man-thing called Grunt scampered around us like a psychotic puppy.
    Ransom Riggs  --  Hollow City

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  • Had I been in some kind of psychotic haze all morning?
    Ransom Riggs  --  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children
  • We were scared—two hundred prisoners alone with one guard having a psychotic break.
    Piper Kerman  --  Orange Is the New Black
  • While in the Russell County jail, he became acutely psychotic.
    Bryan Stevenson  --  Just Mercy
  • Prior to those visits, his preconceptions of nursing homes were that they were all dimly lit, filthy places where confused, moaning patients wandered the halls in the middle of the night and were watched over by orderlies who bordered on the psychotic.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Choice
  • The crowding, poor nutrition, and lack of hygiene made disease rampant; from typhus to scarlet fever, from malnutrition to psychosis, illness of some kind struck nearly every family.
    Leon Leyson  --  The Boy on the Wooden Box
  • I once played for twenty hours straight and experienced signs of mild psychosis.
    Holly Goldberg Sloan  --  Counting by 7s
  • I’d never placed a lot of faith in psychiatry before I met Tom, but his uncanny ability to diagnose personality disorders and psychotic illnesses made a believer of me.
    Scott Pratt  --  An Innocent Client
  • While he’s waiting, the door opens again and a psychotically cute girl walks in and scans the room until her eyes land on him.
    Katja Millay  --  The Sea of Tranquility
  • When I said us I meant the non-psychotic Oranges.
    Alexandra Bracken  --  The Darkest Minds
  • Then he can get out of control and go into some, I don’t know, area of psychosis where no one can reach him.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Your psychotic ex?
    Becca Fitzpatrick  --  Hush, Hush
  • Psychotic, sociopathic.
    James Patterson  --  1st to Die
  • Hazel, a gentle reminder: Isaac is in the midst of a psychotic episode.
    John Green  --  The Fault in Our Stars
  • I showed Peter all the evidence that I had assembled, enough to prove in the eyes of the public that he was a psychotic killer.
    Orson Scott Card  --  Ender’s Game
  • He’d probably end up spouting his lines like a psychotic blind man if you put him in front of a crowd.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  A Walk to Remember
  • Now Leo was sure that Tia Callida, his psychotic babysitter, had been Hera all along.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Lost Hero
  • Please, no more psychotic statues.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Red Pyramid
  • "Because," Simon said, "you’re obviously psychotic."
    Cassandra Clare  --  City of Ashes
  • All had been examined prior to their trials, and found to be "without psychosis" and "sane."
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • Now I would guess that Danny was in a pretty good position to develop a full-fledged psychosis.
    Stephen King  --  The Shining
  • After she jumped through the portal, I stayed on the roof with no company but my new friend the psychotic griffin.
    Rick Riordan  --  The Throne of Fire
  • The War Department replied touchily that there had been no error and that she was undoubtedly the victim of some sadistic and psychotic forger in her husband’s squadron.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • First a mild neurosis about it, then a full-fledged psychosis.
    Ray Bradbury  --  The Martian Chronicles
  • That’s insane, and the most disturbing thing is, you don’t even recognize that your explanation only makes you sound psychotic!
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Lucky One
  • Fortunately for her, reporters lived in eternal fear of missing the big story, so they seldom chastised her for passing along the occasional delusional psychotic.
    Dan Brown  --  Angels & Demons
  • Just a tiny bit psychotic, maybe?
    Stephenie Meyer  --  Eclipse
  • Perhaps this is what it was like to experience a complete psychotic break.
    William P. Young  --  The Shack
  • Hyman also got an affidavit from a fourth doctor explaining that the patients in the study wouldn’t have been capable of giving informed consent even if Southam had asked: one had advanced Parkinson’s disease and couldn’t talk, others spoke only Yiddish, one had multiple sclerosis and "depressive psychosis."
    Rebecca Skloot  --  The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
  • It was enough to give me a psychotic break—if I let myself dwell on it.
    James Patterson  --  The Angel Experiment
  • Plus, the lobby seemed a spiderweb of trapped psychotic poets and artists.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • I am interested, however, that the doctor at the work farm added this statement: ’Don’t overlook the possibility that this man might be feigning psychosis to escape the drudgery of the work farm.’
    Ken Kesey  --  One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest
  • The one I remember he told me had to do with psychotic Girl Scouts who were stalking him.
    Sarah Dessen  --  Someone Like You
  • Helen’s not psychotic.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • She wanted to find others whose own psychotic experiences would make her feel less isolated.
    Don DeLillo  --  White Noise
  • "It means that," Dr. Tandlemann began, looking down at his folder to check the name, "it means that Sandra is not psychotic or schizophrenic, she’s just had a small breakdown."
    Julia Alvarez  --  How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents
  • He’s psychotic.
    Nicholas Sparks  --  The Guardian
  • It appears to be a way station between neurosis and psychosis: a fractured but not disassembled psyche.
    Susanna Kaysen  --  Girl Interrupted
  • But there’s a borderline between the lands of manageable and unmanageable psychosis.
    Stephen King  --  Misery
  • And Ashley’s practically psychotic with her wedding so close.
    Sarah Dessen  --  That Summer
  • I haven’t followed her development in several years, and I don’t know what stage of psychosis she’s in at present.
    Stieg Larsson  --  The Girl Who Played with Fire
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