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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.
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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British Dictionary definitions for sociopathy


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



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

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sociopathy in Medicine

sociopathy so·ci·op·a·thy (sō'sē-ŏp'ə-thē, -shē-)
The behavioral pattern exhibited by sociopaths.

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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sociopathy 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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