psychopathology

noun
psy·​cho·​pa·​thol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsī-kō-pə-ˈthä-lə-jē How to pronounce psychopathology (audio) , -pa- \

Definition of psychopathology

: the study of psychological and behavioral dysfunction occurring in mental illness or in social disorganization also : such dysfunction

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Other Words from psychopathology

psychopathological \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌpa-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​kəl How to pronounce psychopathological (audio) \ or less commonly psychopathologic \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌpa-​thə-​ˈlä-​jik How to pronounce psychopathologic (audio) \ adjective
psychopathologically \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌpa-​thə-​ˈlä-​ji-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychopathologically (audio) \ adverb
psychopathologist \ ˌsī-​kō-​pə-​ˈthä-​lə-​jist How to pronounce psychopathologist (audio) , -​pa-​ \ noun

Examples of psychopathology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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, "Reason Not the Need," 15 Sep. 2020 About 25 percent struggle temporarily with psychopathology such as depression or post-traumatic stress disorder and then recover--a pattern known as the recovery trajectory. Lydia Denworth, Scientific American, "The Biggest Psychological Experiment in History Is Running Now," 8 June 2020 This pattern is the one most closely related to later psychopathology. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, "Can an Unloved Child Learn to Love?," 18 June 2020 Subjects are asked to look at pictures of different areas around the eyes and to assign them the correct emotional states, said Hess, a professor of developmental psychopathology at University of Cambridge. Katie Hunt, CNN, "Do masks mask our emotions? Not necessarily, says one expert," 15 June 2020 Jaimie Gradus, an associate professor specializing in this subject at the Boston University School of Public Health, previously examined patterns of society-wide psychopathology in her work. Gary Stix, Scientific American, "Zoom Psychiatrists Prep for COVID-19’s Endless Ride," 8 June 2020 Let’s hope scientists also cure the psychopathology that enslaves those who believe that, between COVID-19 and the president, Trump is the bigger danger. Deroy Murdock, National Review, "Trump’s Critics Attack His Optimistic Case for Hydroxychloroquine," 7 Apr. 2020 Her preoccupations—opioid addiction, extreme weather, female oppression, psychopathology—have become topics of burning interest. Leo Robson, The New Yorker, "The Curious Creation of Anna Kavan," 23 Mar. 2020 One of the oldest surveys in assessing personality traits and psychopathology is the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory, which dates to the Great Depression and remains in use today. Amy Ellis Nutt, chicagotribune.com, "Why kids and teens may face far more anxiety these days," 11 May 2018

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First Known Use of psychopathology

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychopathology.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychopathology. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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psychopathology

noun
psy·​cho·​pa·​thol·​o·​gy | \ ˌsī-kō-pə-ˈthäl-ə-jē, -pa- How to pronounce psychopathology (audio) \
plural psychopathologies

Medical Definition of psychopathology

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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