- a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.
Origin of psychopath
Examples from the Web for psychopath
In rambling posts, he called himself a loser, and wrote that he must be either bipolar or a psychopath.School Shooters Love This Pickup Artist Website
December 5, 2014
In his late 20s, Cumming confronted his father about his abuse; in response, his father insisted, “I am not a psychopath.”Alan Cumming: The Truth About My Father
October 14, 2014
Dude looks just like Richie Cunningham—Sunday, Monday—Psychopath!One Man 'Breaking Bad' Kills on Stage
August 27, 2014
The Bad Seed is the story of how Christine becomes aware that her daughter is, in modern terminology, a psychopath.American Dreams: A Best-Selling Pint-Sized Psychopath
June 29, 2014
His tone as captured by the video he then posted on Facebook is not manifestly that of some a fanatic or a psychopath.Don’t Turn This Malaysia Airlines Pilot Into Flight 370’s Richard Jewell
March 17, 2014
For an accusation of physical coercion and threat of rape would be far less convincing from a psychopath.The Trial of Callista Blake
- a person afflicted with a personality disorder characterized by a tendency to commit antisocial and sometimes violent acts and a failure to feel guilt for such actsAlso called: sociopath
Word Origin and History for psychopath
1885, in the criminal psychology sense, a back-formation from psychopathic.
The Daily Telegraph had, the other day, a long article commenting on a Russian woman who had murdered a little girl. A Dr. Balinsky prevailed upon the jury to give a verdict of acquittal, because she was a "psychopath." The Daily Telegraph regards this term as a new coinage, but it has been long known amongst Spiritualists, yet in another sense. ["The Medium and Daybreak," Jan. 16, 1885]
The case alluded to, and the means of acquittal, were briefly notorious in England and brought the word into currency in the modern sense.
- A person with an antisocial personality disorder, especially one manifested in perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior.
A mentally unbalanced person who is inclined toward antisocial and criminal behavior. (Compare sociopath.)