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[sahy-kop-uh-thee] /saɪˈkɒp ə θi/
noun, plural psychopathies. 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
1840-50; psycho- + -pathy Unabridged
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Examples from the web for psychopathy
  • The groups were tested for antisocial personality disorder, psychopathy, and aggression.
  • psychopathy is different from sociopathy, though this is much less exciting than saying mean people are psychos.
  • Yet these populations had names for disorders that appeared strikingly similar to schizophrenia, alcoholism and psychopathy.
  • It's the difference between sociopathy and psychopathy.
  • Such deliberateness requires a whole different type of disorder, one that may rise to the level of true psychopathy.
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.

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psychopathy in Medicine

psychopathy psy·chop·a·thy (sī-kŏp'ə-thē)
Mental disorder, especially when manifested by antisocial behavior.

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