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 The Seven, led by Antony Starr’s sociopathic Homelander, rule with iron fists as the main supergroup. Nick Romano,, "The Boys season 2 gets a blood-soaked first look: 'We're up to our old tricks'," 10 Aug. 2019 The Boys season 1 introduced a world where The Seven, led by the sociopathic Homelander, is a corrupt super-group run by an equally corrupt PR agency, Vought. Nick Romano,, "The Boys season 2 taps Timeless vets Goran Visnjic and Claudia Doumit for new roles," 5 Sep. 2019 Season 3 of Netflix’s controversial teen drama revealed that the homophobic, almost-sociopathic jock was actually closeted himself. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "13 Reasons Why star Timothy Granaderos on that shocking twist: 'I was always sad for Montgomery'," 26 Aug. 2019 Billy Drago’s Frank Nitti, in his spotless white linen suit, created an instant impression of pure sociopathic evil. Ashley Boucher,, "Billy Drago, Best Known for His Villainous Role in The Untouchables, Dead at 73," 26 June 2019 During the trial, Golamrabbi spent much of his defense trying to blame the killings on Omar, who was 17 at the time, saying that Omar was a sociopathic mastermind who compelled Golamrabbi to take the fall for him. Robert Salonga, The Mercury News, "Nearly a year after conviction, son sentenced in San Jose parent murders," 30 Aug. 2019 Luce An interesting thriller -- a former boy soldier from Africa, adopted by white Americans, becomes a high school honor student and starts showing sociopathic symptoms -- breaks its leg at the finish line, with a weak, aimless last 10 minutes., "Capsule movie reviews for Aug. 18," 14 Aug. 2019 This is hardly the first time Dornan has played a sociopathic killer. Sydney Bucksbaum,, "Jamie Dornan, Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater cast in Dr. Death podcast adaptation series," 9 Aug. 2019 The franchise has always been aimed at horror fans who don’t take the genre too seriously; as its installments have worn on, Chucky’s wisecracking, glibly sociopathic persona has set the tone for the franchise. Aja Romano, Vox, "The new Child’s Play is nonsensical and fun. Just don’t expect it to be like the old Child’s Play.," 21 June 2019

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1917, in the meaning defined above

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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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to engage in dissolute behavior

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