psychopathology

noun

psy·​cho·​pa·​thol·​o·​gy ˌsī-kō-pə-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce psychopathology (audio)
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: the study of psychological and behavioral dysfunction occurring in mental illness or in social disorganization
also : such dysfunction
psychopathological adjective
or less commonly psychopathologic
psychopathologically adverb
psychopathologist noun

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The survey initiative has engaged the leaders of the profession in the countries and, in a sense, has converted them to this view of psychopathology. Neuroskeptic, Discover Magazine, 3 Mar. 2012 This suggests that self-storage was not an inevitable convenience but something else, perhaps an indicator of national psychopathology. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 This suggests that self-storage was not an inevitable convenience but something else, perhaps an indicator of national psychopathology. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 This suggests that self-storage was not an inevitable convenience but something else, perhaps an indicator of national psychopathology. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper’s Magazine , 7 Dec. 2021 These findings indicate that when it is understood through a particular cultural filter, the disorder can cause psychopathology. Baland Jalal, Scientific American, 15 July 2020 It's used to treat the four kinds of psychopathology: Depression, anxiety, obsessive behaviors, and delusions. Beth Shapouri, Allure, 16 June 2021 Cruella showcases Hollywood’s current psychopathology. Armond White, National Review, 28 May 2021 The death of a pet was likelier to increase psychopathology in boys than in girls. Rafil Kroll-zaidi, Harper's Magazine, 24 Nov. 2020 See More

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Word History

Etymology

International Scientific Vocabulary

First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychopathology was in 1847

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Cite this Entry

“Psychopathology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychopathology. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

Medical Definition

psychopathology

noun
psy·​cho·​pa·​thol·​o·​gy ˌsī-kō-pə-ˈthäl-ə-jē, -pa- How to pronounce psychopathology (audio)
plural psychopathologies
1
: the study of psychological and behavioral dysfunction occurring in mental illness or in social disorganization
2
: disordered psychological and behavioral functioning (as in mental illness)
the theory that holidays are associated with an increased incidence of psychopathologyScience News

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