psychopath

noun
psy·​cho·​path | \ ˈsī-kə-ˌpath How to pronounce psychopath (audio) , ˈsī-kō-\

Definition of psychopath

: a mentally unstable person especially : a person having an egocentric and antisocial personality marked by a lack of remorse for one's actions, an absence of empathy for others, and often criminal tendencies

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Synonyms for psychopath

Synonyms

bug, crackbrain, crazy, fool, fruitcake, head case, loon, loony, lunatic, maniac, nut, nutcase, nutter [British slang], psycho, sickie, sicko, wacko (also whacko)

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Examples of psychopath in a Sentence

declared that he was a dangerous psychopath who needed to be locked up

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When Jessica crosses paths with a highly intelligent psychopath, she and Trish must repair their fractured relationship and team up to take him down. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "TV this week: ‘Big Little Lies,’ ‘Claws’ and ‘Pose’ return," 9 June 2019 Billie Lourd: Gigi definitely seems like a psychopath. Olivia Fleming, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Booksmart Cast Opens Up About Porn, the Patriarchy, and the Problem of Likability," 25 May 2019 There is the undeniable draw of international assassins, psychopaths, and intelligence agencies—but frankly television in that vein can often end up feeling derivative, or predictable. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Killing Eve's Fiona Shaw Knows Which Side Carolyn Martens Is On. She Knows a Lot, Actually.," 5 May 2019 Behind this brutal act of a psychopath is the Polish political psychosis. Bojan Pancevski, WSJ, "Polish Politician Dies After Stabbing, Sparking Uproar," 14 Jan. 2019 Because the most distinctive thing about that season was David Tennant’s portrayal of the mind-controlling psychopath Kilgrave. Mike Hale, New York Times, "Review: ‘Jessica Jones’ Returns, Well Timed for the Time’s Up Moment," 7 Mar. 2018 Idris Elba has scored four Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie for his role as John Luther, an obsessive, dedicated, and sometimes violent police officer investigating Morgan, a brilliant psychopath and murderer. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "8 TV Shows Like 'Killing Eve' to Binge If You Can't Wait for Season 2," 17 Jan. 2019 One of them is a world-class perfume maker, and plausibly a psychopath. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Three New Crime Shows To Get Hooked on Now," 12 Jan. 2019 By the 1970s and ’80s, though, the notion of hitchhiking had taken a darker turn, and had become more associated with psychopaths. Janelle Nanos, BostonGlobe.com, "Stop answering your phone," 6 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of psychopath

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychopath was in 1885

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psychopath

noun

English Language Learners Definition of psychopath

: a person who is mentally ill, who does not care about other people, and who is usually dangerous or violent

psychopath

noun
psy·​cho·​path | \ ˈsī-kə-ˌpath How to pronounce psychopath (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychopath

1 : a person having an egocentric and antisocial personality marked by a lack of remorse for one's actions, an absence of empathy for others, and often criminal tendencies
2 formerly : a person wtih antisocial personality disorder

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