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.

Nearby words

  1. psychomotor epilepsy,
  2. psychomotor retardation,
  3. psychoneuroimmunology,
  4. psychoneurosis,
  5. psychoneurotic,
  6. psychopathic,
  7. psychopathic disorder,
  8. psychopathic personality,
  9. psychopathology,
  10. psychopathy

Compare sociopath.

Origin of psychopath

First recorded in 1880–85; psycho- + -path Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for psychopath



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
Derived Formspsychopathic, adjectivepsychopathically, adverb

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Word Origin and History for psychopath


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Medicine definitions for psychopath




A person with an antisocial personality disorder, especially one manifested in perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior.

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Culture definitions for psychopath



A mentally unbalanced person who is inclined toward antisocial and criminal behavior. (Compare sociopath.)

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