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

Examples of psychopathology in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Imagine Don Draper’s grasp of American psychopathology delivered with the pithy asperity of Emily Dickinson. Megan O’grady, New York Times, 19 Oct. 2020 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, 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, 8 June 2020 This pattern is the one most closely related to later psychopathology. Melissa Fay Greene, The Atlantic, 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, 15 June 2020

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First Known Use of psychopathology

1847, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychopathology.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2021.

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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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