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psychopath

[ sahy-kuh-path ]
/ ˈsaɪ kəˌpæθ /
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noun
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.

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Origin of psychopath

First recorded in 1880–85; psycho- + -path
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How to use psychopath in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for psychopath

psychopath
/ (ˈsaɪkəʊˌpæθ) /

noun
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 forms of psychopath

psychopathic, adjectivepsychopathically, adverb
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Medical definitions for psychopath

psychopath
[ sīkə-păth′ ]

n.
A person with an antisocial personality disorder, especially one manifested in perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior.
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Cultural definitions for psychopath

psychopath
[ (seye-kuh-path) ]

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

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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