psy·​cho·​path·​ic | \ˌsī-kə-ˈpa-thik \

Definition of psychopathic 

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: of, relating to, or characterized by psychopathy or antisocial personality disorder



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psychopathically \ˌsī-​kə-​ˈpa-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb

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Corporate leaders are only slightly more likely to have strong psychopathic tendencies than other groups—and CEOs that exhibit those tendencies are less likely to be viewed as effective leaders. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Acting like a psychopath is great for male CEOs, not so much for women," 26 Oct. 2018 The lyrics are florid, the action is sensationalized and psychopathic and the emotional range is operatic. Christopher Arnott,, "Terrence Mann Kills It As 'Sweeney Todd' At CT Rep," 26 June 2018 Eve's hunches prove to be dangerously correct, as she's drawn further into the world of Villanelle, a glamorous but psychopathic killer based in Paris who performs hits for a clandestine Russian cabal. Author: Hank Stuever, Anchorage Daily News, "Summer is the right time for those TV shows you’ve heard about, but never got around to watching," 14 June 2018 Today, people might say such children exhibited psychopathic or sociopathic traits. Longreads, "Born Again," 1 May 2018 This '90s cult favorite gave us a young Ben Stiller as a psychopathic fitness junkie at a camp for overweight kids. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "12 Best Comedy Movies to Binge-Watch on Netflix RN," 18 Aug. 2017 Dorothy’s son and husband (whose ear Jeffrey has found) are being held hostage by a psychopathic gangster, Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper). Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Great movies about faith are hard to come by. Enter Blue Velvet.," 5 Apr. 2018 Particularly so is the presence of Melquarth Frost, King’s criminal sidekick with psychopathic tendencies. Michael Berry, San Antonio Express-News, "Book Down the River 0318," 14 Mar. 2018 Chigurh's outfit, on display from the 2007 movie, brings to life the psychopathic murderer determined to find millions of dollars left over from a drug deal gone wrong. Domenica Bongiovanni, Indianapolis Star, "See Django's hat, 'Brokeback Mountain' shirts and other props at Western film exhibit," 8 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

They are popularly recognized as the motto of a fictional psychopathic supervillain. Brian Murphy,, "UCF closer Bryce Tucker flips switch on the field, menaces opposing batters," 22 May 2018 The sheer accumulation of images of celebrity bodies in my browser history feels psychopathic. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "‘I Feel Pretty’ and the Rise of Beauty-Standard Denialism," 23 Apr. 2018 People who are psychopathic have a fearless personality. Lynn Johnson, National Geographic, "How Fear Makes You Do Good Or Evil," 3 Jan. 2018

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1847, in the meaning defined above


circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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psy·​cho·​path·​ic | \ˌsī-kə-ˈpath-ik \

Medical Definition of psychopathic 

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: of, relating to, or characterized by psychopathy

Other Words from psychopathic

psychopathically \-​i-​k(ə-​)lē \ adverb



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