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sociopath

[soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-] /ˈsoʊ si əˌpæθ, ˈsoʊ ʃi-/
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.
Compare psychopath.
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45; socio- + -path
Related forms
sociopathic, adjective
sociopathy
[soh-see-op-uh-thee, soh-shee-] /ˌsoʊ siˈɒp ə θi, ˌsoʊ ʃi-/ (Show IPA),
noun
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Examples from the web for sociopath
  • It is okay to take anybody's life for any reason if your are a sociopath.
  • In this case, a narcissistic sociopath who doesn't yet realize he needs a good lawyer.
  • He almost fits the definition of sociopath in his detachment from reality.
  • But the gun's loaded with blanks-this is a sociopath's idea of a prank.
  • But a veteran pilot in an old plane must face the sociopath head-on.
  • In court, the judge said that he had the duty to protect society from the suspect, whom he described as a sociopath.
British Dictionary definitions for sociopath

sociopath

/ˈsəʊsɪəˌpæθ/
noun
1.
(psychiatry) another name for psychopath
Derived Forms
sociopathic, adjective
sociopathy (ˌsəʊsɪˈɒpəθɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for sociopath
n.

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

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sociopath in Medicine

sociopath so·ci·o·path (sō'sē-ə-pāth', -shē-)
n.
A person affected with an antisocial personality disorder.


so'ci·o·path'ic adj.
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sociopath 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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