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psychopathic

[sahy-kuh-path-ik]
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adjective
  1. of, relating to, or affected with psychopathy.
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Origin of psychopathic

First recorded in 1840–50; psychopath(y) + -ic
Related formsnon·psy·cho·path·ic, adjectiveun·psy·cho·path·ic, adjective
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Related Words

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Examples from the Web for psychopathic

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Historical Examples

  • Such an Act is not a legislative phenomenon but a psychopathic one.

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

  • 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

adj.

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

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

psychopathic in Medicine

psychopathic

(sī′kə-păthĭk)
adj.
  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.
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