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[sahy-kuh-path-ik] /ˌsaɪ kəˈpæθ ɪk/
of, relating to, or affected with psychopathy.
Origin of psychopathic
First recorded in 1840-50; psychopath(y) + -ic
Related forms
nonpsychopathic, adjective
unpsychopathic, adjective Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for psychopathic
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  • Such an Act is not a legislative phenomenon but a psychopathic one.

  • While deceiving others, these psychopathic women also deceive themselves.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • Sometimes I get to feeling that they will end up as—as psychopathic barbarians.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • But the problem at hand was the fulfillment of all his psychopathic urges.

    The Aliens Murray Leinster
  • He's been bringing all his psychopathic patter to bear on me, and you're deserting me.

    Old Crow Alice Brown
Word Origin and History for psychopathic

1847, from psychopathy on model of German psychopatisch, from Greek psykhe- "mind" (see psyche) + pathos "suffering" (see pathos).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychopathic in Medicine

psychopathic psy·cho·path·ic (sī'kə-pāth'ĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by psychopathy.

  2. Relating to or affected with an antisocial personality disorder that is usually characterized by aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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