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[sahy-kuh-path] /ˈsaɪ kəˌpæθ/
a person with a psychopathic personality, which manifests as amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.
Compare sociopath.
Origin of psychopath
1880-85; psycho- + -path Unabridged
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Examples from the web for psychopath
  • These are the categories that used to be called sociopath and psychopath.
  • Yet there is also something of the psychopath about him.
  • And one doesn't have to be a full-fledged psychopath to share some of the psychopath's antisocial propensities.
  • It's difficult to empathize with, let alone have sympathy for, a psychopath.
  • By contrast, the psychopath functions well under pressure because he does not feel the moral tension at all.
  • Caricaturing your enemy as a psychopath simply ensures that you will never defeat him.
  • Will is wanted for the job because he has recently caught another psychopath and seems to have a knack for the work.
  • He is a psychopath who works his way up the body count to the top of his own network of rackets.
  • One of them was a thirteen-year-old psychopath who showed no remorse about having pulled the trigger.
  • He knew he wasn't a crazy psychopath and the thought probably never entered his mind that she might think that.
British Dictionary definitions for psychopath


a person afflicted with a personality disorder characterized by a tendency to commit antisocial and sometimes violent acts and a failure to feel guilt for such acts Also called sociopath
Derived Forms
psychopathic, adjective
psychopathically, adverb
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Word Origin and History for psychopath

1885, in the criminal psychology sense, a back-formation from psychopathic.

The Daily Telegraph had, the other day, a long article commenting on a Russian woman who had murdered a little girl. A Dr. Balinsky prevailed upon the jury to give a verdict of acquittal, because she was a "psychopath." The Daily Telegraph regards this term as a new coinage, but it has been long known amongst Spiritualists, yet in another sense. ["The Medium and Daybreak," Jan. 16, 1885]
The case alluded to, and the means of acquittal, were briefly notorious in England and brought the word into currency in the modern sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychopath in Medicine

psychopath psy·cho·path (sī'kə-pāth')
A person with an antisocial personality disorder, especially one manifested in perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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psychopath in Culture
psychopath [(seye-kuh-path)]

A mentally unbalanced person who is inclined toward antisocial and criminal behavior. (Compare sociopath.)

The American Heritage® New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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