so·​cio·​path·​ic | \ ˌsō-sē-ə-ˈpa-thik How to pronounce sociopathic (audio) , ˌsō-sh(ē-)ə- \

Definition of sociopathic

: of, relating to, or characterized by asocial or antisocial behavior or exhibiting antisocial personality disorder

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Recent Examples on the Web There is no equivalence here and SNL did an excellent job of bringing to light the dangerous dysfunction of a sociopathic, narcissistic, demagogue. Andy Hoglund,, "Saturday Night Live recap: Timothée Chalamet makes his hosting debut," 13 Dec. 2020 In canvassing my tech reporter colleagues, a number cited Ex Machina—which see the protagonist outsmarted by a sociopathic female robot—as a must-watch. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, "The best A.I. movies and TV shows," 8 Dec. 2020 Anthony Minghella’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel will still give you the creeps thanks mostly to Matt Damon’s eerie performance as a sociopathic American transplant conning his way through Italy. Ben Flanagan |, al, "Matt Damon’s 10 best movies ranked," 8 Oct. 2020 The carefree attitude of his statements betray not only an immense privilege, but a sociopathic lack of concern for anyone but himself. Natalie Gontcharova,, "Trump Says “Don’t Be Afraid Of COVID.” The 210,000 People Who Died Would Beg To Differ.," 6 Oct. 2020 That evinces not only a sociopathic disregard for the welfare of his own supporters, but also unfamiliarity with the latest evidence, which suggests the virus may be fully airborne and thus able to travel substantial distances indoors. Ryan Cooper, TheWeek, "Trump has never stopped making the pandemic worse," 15 Sep. 2020 That Thompson did all this in a book famous for its bleakly sociopathic vision testifies to the insanity and abusiveness that surround us. Susanna Lee, The Conversation, "Jim Thompson is the perfect novelist for our crazed times," 6 Aug. 2020 In Ratched, audiences learn that the mad Nurse's sociopathic behavior likely stems from her traumatic time on the frontlines of WWII as a nurse. Ineye Komonibo,, "Sarah Paulson’s Take On This Horror Story Is Downright Chilling," 4 Aug. 2020 Oh and Emmy-winner Jodie Comer are a delectable cat and mouse duo in BBC America's crime drama about a sociopathic assassin (Comer) and the intelligence agent (Oh) hunting her down. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "50 best TV shows to watch on Hulu right now, from 'Atlanta' to 'Buffy' and 'Mrs. America'," 31 July 2020

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First Known Use of sociopathic

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Sociopathic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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so·​cio·​path·​ic | \ ˌsō-sē-ə-ˈpath-ik How to pronounce sociopathic (audio) , ˌsō-sh(ē-)ə- How to pronounce sociopathic (audio) \

Medical Definition of sociopathic

: of, relating to, or characterized by asocial or antisocial behavior or an antisocial personality

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