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[sahy-kuh-path-ik] /ˌsaɪ kəˈpæθ ɪk/
of, relating to, or affected with psychopathy.
Origin of psychopathic
1840-50; psychopath(y) + -ic
Related forms
nonpsychopathic, adjective
unpsychopathic, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for psychopathic
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  • Such an Act is not a legislative phenomenon but a psychopathic one.

  • While deceiving others, these psychopathic women also deceive themselves.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • He has gone off on a pleasure trip to that psychopathic institution whose head alienist visited us a month or so ago.

    Dear Enemy Jean Webster
  • Sometimes I get to feeling that they will end up as—as psychopathic barbarians.

    Erik Dorn Ben Hecht
  • Raecke designated this disease-picture described by Moeli and Ganser as an hysterical twilight state in psychopathic individuals.

Word Origin and History for psychopathic

1847, from psychopathy on model of German psychopatisch, from Greek psykhe- "mind" (see psyche) + pathos "suffering" (see pathos).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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psychopathic in Medicine

psychopathic psy·cho·path·ic (sī'kə-pāth'ĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by psychopathy.

  2. Relating to or affected with an antisocial personality disorder that is usually characterized by aggressive, perverted, criminal, or amoral behavior.

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