psychopathic

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

Definition of psychopathic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or characterized by psychopathy

psychopathic

noun

Definition of psychopathic (Entry 2 of 2)

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Adjective

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

Examples of psychopathic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective What could be more terrifying than a psychopathic Superman? Brian Lowry, CNN, "'The Boys' dresses up one of TV's most daring shows in a superhero costume," 4 Sep. 2020 Idris Elba is dashing, brooding and brilliant in this U.K. drama that revolves around a cat-and-mouse chase between Elba’s detective and Ruth Wilson’s sultry and psychopathic murderer Alice Morgan. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "The 50 best TV shows to watch on Amazon Prime right now, from 'The Americans' to 'The Boys'," 1 Sep. 2020 Labell said Meyer has no socio- or psychopathic traits and is a low-risk to reoffend. Bruce Vielmetti, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lawyer handcuffed in courtroom for second time in a year, now headed to jail for a year," 31 July 2020 Jake La Motta is a psychopathic character whose controlled violence in the boxing ring is continuous with his uncontrolled violence outside of it—and, outside of it, much of it is directed toward the women in his life. Richard Brody, The New Yorker, "Revisiting the Violence and Style of Martin Scorsese’s “Raging Bull”," 21 May 2020 Her far-from-faithful droids, Triple Zero and Bee-Tee — basically imagine a psychopathic C-3PO and R2-D2 and you’re 100 percent there — will also appear. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "Marvel's 'Doctor Aphra' to Be Adapted Into 'Star Wars' Audiobook," 23 Apr. 2020 No intel was shared about how these actors’ characters would fit into the alluring, line-crossing world of psychopathic assassin Villanelle (Comer) and talented-yet-inexperienced MI-6 operative Eve (Oh). Dan Snierson, EW.com, "Killing Eve renewed for season 4," 3 Jan. 2020 But their psychopathic counterparts were different. Jade Wu Savvy Psychologist, Scientific American, "Why Negative Emotions Aren’t All Bad," 5 Nov. 2019 There are also puppets for news anchor Peter Jennings, U.N. weapons inspector Hans Blix and Kim Jong Il (another Parker voice), who is rendered in oversized Mr. McGoo glasses, a gift for American obscenities and a psychopathic personality. Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Team America: World Police': THR's 2004 Review," 15 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun They are popularly recognized as the motto of a fictional psychopathic supervillain. Brian Murphy, OrlandoSentinel.com, "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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First Known Use of psychopathic

Adjective

1847, in the meaning defined above

Noun

circa 1890, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychopathic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychopathic. Accessed 23 Sep. 2020.

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More Definitions for psychopathic

psychopathic

adjective
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

Other Words from psychopathic

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

psychopathic

noun

Medical Definition of psychopathic (Entry 2 of 2)

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