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

Examples of sociopathic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web This story is a dark tour through a sociopathic mind, but Nutting has achieved something special. The Week Staff, The Week, 16 Aug. 2021 As Riff, the leader of the Jets, Mike Faist has a lean sociopathic squint, and David Alvarez plays Bernardo, leader of the Sharks, with a mean swagger of self-righteousness. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 2 Dec. 2021 One crucial influence was the case of Jean-François Lacenaire, a sociopathic French poet who was executed in 1836. Steven G. Kellman, Los Angeles Times, 22 Nov. 2021 Roman, by turns the most caring and the most sociopathic of the Roys, is the most articulate narrator of their activities—a Greek chorus of one who sees their world clearly because he is so deeply enmeshed within it. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 9 Nov. 2021 Is there anything more misanthropic and sociopathic in our national politics? Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 12 Oct. 2021 Sean Connery’s particular brand of strapping sociopathic charisma made Bond an aspirational ideal right from the get-go. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 8 Oct. 2021 Take the image of the two rivulets gliding down his cheeks that indelibly capped off one of the final scenes of The Politician, the 2019 Netflix series that followed his sociopathic character’s rise from student government to the White House. Alex Morris, Rolling Stone, 29 Sep. 2021 There was an icy, almost sociopathic quality to his performances. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 13 Aug. 2021

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First Known Use of sociopathic

1917, in the meaning defined above

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“Sociopathic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Jan. 2022.

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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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