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[soh-see-uh-path, soh-shee-] /ˈsoʊ si əˌpæθ, ˈsoʊ ʃi-/
noun, Psychiatry.
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 of sociopath
1940-45; socio- + -path
Related forms
sociopathic, adjective
[soh-see-op-uh-thee, soh-shee-] /ˌsoʊ siˈɒp ə θi, ˌsoʊ ʃi-/ (Show IPA),
noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for sociopathic
  • People who smoke marijuana or hashish will run around doing unspeakable acts that can only be described as sociopathic.
  • In fact, there is a sermon type cadence and ring to this sociopathic homily.
  • Amy is clearly a sociopathic personality with a history of violence to get her way.
  • Poor impulse control combined with inadequate self esteem or lower social standing is enough to create sociopathic behavior.
  • Also they should be required for the sociopathic pinheads that can't be bothered to pay attention when driving.
  • Cheaters oppress, and the willingness to oppress often reflects sociopathic tendencies.
  • We have seen the sociopathic behavior of the corporation at work, destroying people to create private profits.
  • And becoming a top corporate lawyer takes not only smarts, but also a degree of sociopathic drive.
  • And probably done by ordinary people who did not, in their ordinary lives, evince any particular sociopathic tendencies.
  • The definition of what is unreasonable for sociopathic racketeers is simply different than it is for other people.
British Dictionary definitions for sociopathic


(psychiatry) another name for psychopath
Derived Forms
sociopathic, adjective
sociopathy (ˌsəʊsɪˈɒpəθɪ) noun
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Word Origin and History for sociopathic



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

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sociopathic in Medicine

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

so'ci·o·path'ic adj.
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sociopathic 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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