psy·​cho·​path·​ic | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce psychopathic (audio) \

Definition of psychopathic

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



Definition of psychopathic (Entry 2 of 2)

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psychopathically \ ˌsī-​kə-​ˈpa-​thi-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychopathically (audio) \ adverb

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And in Halloween, Laurie Strode is hunted down by her estranged psychopathic brother. Anne T. Donahue, Marie Claire, "In 2018, Horror Movies Are the Most Comforting Things I Watch," 19 Nov. 2018 The show, which follows a psychopathic assassin and the woman tracking her down, will return in 2019. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Your First Look at Killing Eve Season 2 Is Here, So Prepare Yourself for Some Serious Drama," 23 Dec. 2018 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

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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psy·​cho·​path·​ic | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈpath-ik How to pronounce psychopathic (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychopathic

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: of, relating to, or characterized by psychopathy

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psychopathically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychopathically (audio) \ adverb



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