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sociopath

[soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-]
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noun Psychiatry.
  1. 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
Related formsso·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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sociopath

noun
  1. psychiatry another name for psychopath
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Derived Formssociopathic, adjectivesociopathy (ˌsəʊsɪˈɒpəθɪ), noun
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Word Origin and History for sociopathy

sociopath

n.

1930, coined by psychologist G.E. Partridge from socio- on model of psychopath.

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sociopathy in Medicine

sociopathy

(sō′sē-ŏpə-thē, -shē-)
n.
  1. The behavioral pattern exhibited by sociopaths.
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sociopath

(sōsē-ə-păth′, -shē-)
n.
  1. A person affected with an antisocial personality disorder.
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Related formsso′ci•o•pathic adj.
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sociopathy in Culture

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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