[ soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee- ]
See synonyms for: sociopathsociopathic on

  1. a person with a psychopathic personality whose behavior is antisocial, often criminal, and who lacks a sense of moral responsibility or social conscience.

Origin of sociopath

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

Other words from sociopath

  • so·ci·o·path·ic, adjective
  • so·ci·op·a·thy [soh-see-op-uh-thee, soh-shee-], /ˌsoʊ siˈɒp ə θi, ˌsoʊ ʃi-/, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use sociopath in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for sociopath


/ (ˈsəʊsɪəˌpæθ) /

  1. psychiatry another name for psychopath

Derived forms of sociopath

  • sociopathic, adjective
  • sociopathy (ˌsəʊsɪˈɒpəθɪ), noun

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Cultural definitions for 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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