psychopathy

noun

psy·​chop·​a·​thy sī-ˈkä-pə-thē How to pronounce psychopathy (audio)
plural psychopathies
: mental disorder especially when marked by egocentric and antisocial activity, a lack of remorse for one's actions, an absence of empathy for others, and often criminal tendencies

Examples of psychopathy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Conversely, men score higher than women on dark side personality traits, such narcissism, psychopathy, Machiavellianism, and aggression (especially unprovoked), which account for much of the toxic and destructive behaviors displayed by powerful leaders - usually male - who derail. Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 In its early stages especially, as Frankenstein collects the pieces for his monster, the movie has an atmosphere of later, grittier films that examine the psychopathy of twisted men, like Maniac (1963) and Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer (1986). Declan Gallagher, EW.com, 16 Oct. 2023 In another study published last year, Evita March, senior lecturer in psychology at Federation University in Australia, found that people with the strong personality traits of sadism, psychopathy, and narcissism were more likely to catfish. Sen Nguyen, CNN, 29 Jan. 2024 And as the Joker, Mark Hamill (ultimately picked over Tim Curry, who also auditioned) brought some Amadeus energy — and, of course, that laugh — into his flamboyant psychopathy. Jack Butler, National Review, 30 Dec. 2023 Researchers found that individuals with high levels of psychopathy and narcissism are especially inclined towards this form of cheating. Mark Travers, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Researchers found that high levels of psychopathy, characterized by antisocial behaviors, thrill-seeking, low empathy and callousness, are linked to engaging in physical infidelity. Mark Travers, Forbes, 13 Nov. 2023 Seeing psychopathy through this different lens opened new doors to researchers. David Adam, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Aug. 2023 Some even want to reclaim and rehabilitate the concept of psychopathy itself. David Adam, Smithsonian Magazine, 3 Aug. 2023

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First Known Use

1847, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of psychopathy was in 1847

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“Psychopathy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychopathy. Accessed 19 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition

psychopathy

noun
psy·​chop·​a·​thy sī-ˈkäp-ə-thē How to pronounce psychopathy (audio)
plural psychopathies
1
: mental disorder especially when marked by egocentric and antisocial activity, a lack of remorse for one's actions, an absence of empathy for others, and criminal tendencies
2
especially formerly : antisocial personality
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