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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The former football player, Truck Turner (Isaac Hayes), now a bounty hunter, finds himself up against a ruthless Madame, played by Star Trek’s Nichelle Nichols, and a sociopathic pimp played by Yaphet Kotto. Richard Newby, New York Times, "Like the New ‘Superfly’? Stream These 13 Classic Blaxploitation Films," 18 June 2018 An argument could be made, in the abstract, that sociopathy is a disability for which someone should be pitied, that sociopathic behavior is a symptom that should be explained rather than a vice someone can be held responsible for. New York Times, "What Do I Owe My Sociopathic Sibling?," 2 July 2018 The book should be read by every business leader, not just as the story of a sociopathic young entrepreneur determined to achieve greatness at any cost, but as a cautionary tale for all leaders impatient to embrace change. Alan Murray, Fortune, "Comcast vs Disney, China Tariffs, Rolls-Royce Cuts: CEO Daily for June 14, 2018," 14 June 2018 The Crow, following the plot of the original comic series by James O’Barr, and the 1994 film of the same name, would tell the story of Eric Draven, a man who is killed alongside his fiancee by a vicious gang led by the sociopathic Top Dollar. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Why 'The Crow' Should Not Fly Again," 31 May 2018 His behavior was described as selfish and even sociopathic. Nicole Blanchard And Ruth Brown, idahostatesman, "He left behind 3 dead women & disappeared. Friends, family & the law still seek answers.," 15 June 2018 History has already proven Zucker, a potato with glasses, to be the living embodiment of television’s most sociopathic impulses. Drew Magary, GQ, "TV Shows Are Too Long Now," 4 May 2018 Cooke is deliciously nonchalant in her sociopathic callousness while Taylor-Joy sells the repression of a young woman who looks like her French twist and perfect Peter Pan collar are conspiring to strangle her. Eliza Berman, Time, "Best Movies of 2018 So Far," 4 June 2018 In Killing Eve, Jodie Comer plays your average globe-trotting, extremely fashionable sociopathic assassin. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "The Skin-Care Routine Behind TV’s Most Fashionable Assassin," 30 May 2018

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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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