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psy·​cho·​path·​ic ˌsī-kə-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce psychopathic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characterized by psychopathy
psychopathically adverb


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Example Sentences

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The house reflects its psychopathic owner, a seemingly normal guy who is revealed to be a cannibal. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, 9 Jan. 2023 While shooting, Miller refrained from speaking with their mother for the entirety of the shoot to better inhabit the mind of their psychopathic character. Vulture, 5 Dec. 2022 Marsh also points to the fact that those with psychopathic tendencies, who are known to enjoy vicarious violence, commonly have lower levels of amygdalae — structures in the brain associated with the regulation of emotions. Richard Pallardy, Discover Magazine, 14 July 2021 In a year when even prominent films with notable pedigrees are failing to find traction, the psychopathic clown is cleaning up. Adam Sternbergh, New York Times, 17 Dec. 2022 The psychopathic inmate, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is played by Anthony Hopkins, who won an Academy Award for the chilling role in 1992. Catherine Santino, Peoplemag, 7 Dec. 2022 Richard Widmark cemented his reputation with his performance as Tommy Udo, the sneering psychopathic villain of Henry Hathaway’s classic noir. Odie Henderson,, 3 Nov. 2022 When a very talented killer named Villanelle and Eve go head to head in a fierce game of cat and mouse, Eve is determined to hunt down the psychopathic assassin. Chaise Sanders, Country Living, 4 Nov. 2022 But Bradshaw’s fairy tale date takes a terrifying turn when the bachelor drops his charming façade to reveal the truth: Alcala is in fact a psychopathic serial killer. Scott Roxborough, The Hollywood Reporter, 7 Sep. 2022
The character is a pure psychopathic who drives a classic hot rod and has a fanatical love of Coors beer. James Hibberd,, 24 Nov. 2020 They are popularly recognized as the motto of a fictional psychopathic supervillain. Brian Murphy,, 22 May 2018 The sheer accumulation of images of celebrity bodies in my browser history feels psychopathic. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 23 Apr. 2018 People who are psychopathic have a fearless personality. Lynn Johnson, National Geographic, 3 Jan. 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1847, in the meaning defined above


circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychopathic was in 1847

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“Psychopathic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition


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psy·​cho·​path·​ic ˌsī-kə-ˈpath-ik How to pronounce psychopathic (audio)
: of, relating to, or characterized by psychopathy
psychopathically adverb


2 of 2 noun

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