noun, plural psy·chop·a·thies. Psychiatry.

a mental disorder in which an individual manifests amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.
any mental disease.

Origin of psychopathy

First recorded in 1840–50; psycho- + -pathy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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  • Whether he saw anything or not belongs among the obscurer questions of psychopathy.

  • Others are founded in obsession that form the ancill of psychopathy.

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British Dictionary definitions for psychopathy


noun psychiatry

another name for psychopathic personality
any mental disorder or disease
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Word Origin and History for psychopathy

1847, from psycho- + -pathy, on model of German psychopathie.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Medicine definitions for psychopathy




Mental disorder, especially when manifested by antisocial behavior.
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