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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Examples of psychopath in a Sentence

declared that he was a dangerous psychopath who needed to be locked up
Recent Examples on the Web The combat zone is being fought over by two new gangs: the Bozos (violent clown psychopaths with a sick sense of humor) and a gang called Slaughterhouse (violent psychopath fascists). Paul Tassi, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Alexia is a gender-bending psychopath with a dangerous attraction to motor vehicles and an apathetic view on human life. NBC News, 28 Dec. 2021 Two years back, filmmaker David Yarovesky upended the Superman mythos with Brightburn, an anti-superhero movie that imagines what would happen if Kal-El was a murderous psychopath. Josh Weiss, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Alfred Hitchcock’s classic has everything a good Halloween film needs — a psychopath, a bloody shower scene, and an unhinged hotel manager. BostonGlobe.com, 23 Oct. 2021 The lead character in this unabashedly violent film, which won the top prize at this year’s Cannes Film Festival, is a gender-bending psychopath with a dangerous attraction to motor vehicles and an apathetic view on human life. NBC News, 3 Nov. 2021 Again, a terrifying, true story — in this case about Higginbotham’s abduction by a violent psychopath — is refracted through several lenses. New York Times, 16 Sep. 2021 Paxton plays this vamp as a floppy-haired hick punk who’s having way too much fun being an undead psychopath on the open range, spending his eternal life wreaking bloody havoc. Vulture Editors, Vulture, 25 Oct. 2021 There’s the scythe-wielding pirate ghosts of The Fog; the revenge-seeking psychopath from Terror Train; the serial killer tailing her in Blue Steel. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 14 Oct. 2021

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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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10 Jan 2022

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“Psychopath.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychopath. Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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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 with antisocial personality disorder

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