psychopath

noun

psy·​cho·​path ˈsī-kə-ˌpath How to pronounce psychopath (audio)
ˈsī-kō-
: 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

Examples of psychopath in a Sentence

declared that he was a dangerous psychopath
Recent Examples on the Web And John Lithgow’s character is potentially a psychopath. Georg Szalai, The Hollywood Reporter, 2 July 2024 The latter is your run-of-the-mill loudmouth psychopath. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 28 June 2024 Bud can be a complete psychopath, and his counterpart, Henry, can be a Nobel Prize winner. Erin Qualey, Vulture, 6 Mar. 2024 Assassinating the psychopath Aemond might be fair game. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 17 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for psychopath 

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First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychopath was in 1885

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“Psychopath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychopath. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

psychopath

noun
psy·​cho·​path ˈsī-kə-ˌpath How to pronounce psychopath (audio)
: a mentally ill or unstable person
especially : one who does not feel guilty about not living up to normal social and moral responsibilities and exhibits a disregard for the feelings and safety of others

Medical Definition

psychopath

noun
psy·​cho·​path ˈsī-kə-ˌpath How to pronounce psychopath (audio)
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 with antisocial personality disorder

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