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sociopath

[ soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee- ]
/ ˈsoʊ si əˌpæθ, ˈsoʊ ʃi- /
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noun Psychiatry.
a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

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Origin of sociopath

First recorded in 1940–45; socio- + -path

OTHER WORDS FROM sociopath

so·ci·o·path·ic, adjectiveso·ci·op·a·thy [soh-see-op-uh-thee, soh-shee-], /ˌsoʊ siˈɒp ə θi, ˌsoʊ ʃi-/, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for sociopath

sociopath
/ (ˈsəʊsɪəˌpæθ) /

noun
psychiatry another name for psychopath

Derived forms of sociopath

sociopathic, adjectivesociopathy (ˌsəʊsɪˈɒpəθɪ), noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medical definitions for sociopath

sociopath
[ sōsē-ə-păth′, -shē- ]

n.
A person affected with an antisocial personality disorder.

Other words from sociopath

so′ci•o•pathic adj.
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Cultural definitions for sociopath

sociopath
[ (soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-uh-path) ]

Someone whose social behavior is extremely abnormal. Sociopaths are interested only in their personal needs and desires, without concern for the effects of their behavior on others. (Compare psychopath.)

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