so·​cio·​path | \ ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce sociopath (audio) , ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə-\

Definition of sociopath

: a sociopathic individual : psychopath

Examples of sociopath in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Enter the player, who — in classic RPG style — can become a hero, villain, or sociopath. Time, "Missed the E3 News? Here Are the Games and Consoles We're Most Excited About," 11 June 2019 According to the newspaper, many Cuban exiles consider Guevara a murderous sociopath. Allan Smith, NBC News, "De Blasio apologizes after quoting Che Guevara at South Florida rally," 27 June 2019 But the reckless talk of our sociopath-in-chief can’t be so easily dismissed anymore. Ed Burmila, The New Republic, "If Trump wanted to give himself sweeping new powers, could anyone stop him?," 13 June 2019 Unlike Sam, his brother Campbell is an angry sociopath. Jasmine Gomez, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need To Know About The Cast Of "The Society" And Their Characters," 10 May 2019 In true sociopath form, Commander Lawrence seems to get off making the women in his life feel constantly unsteady. Elena Nicolaou,, "The Handmaid's Tale," 7 June 2019 The trailer that came out earlier this year was also deeply unsettling, with the former heartthrob channeling the remorseless sociopath with absolutely meticulous precision. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "When Is Netflix's Ted Bundy Movie Coming Out? It's a Controversial Film," 29 Mar. 2019 Comer goes toe-to-toe with the more experienced Oh and brings nuance to the role—a little bit of history and humanity to what might otherwise be a straightforward sociopath. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Jodie Comer of 'Killing Eve' Is One of the Most Captivating Actresses of Her Time," 4 Jan. 2019 Other plots include Bex and Rufus (snooze) and hints that Jenny may very well be a sociopath. Elizabeth Logan, Glamour, "Every Single Episode of Gossip Girl, Ranked," 19 Sep. 2018

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1914, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of sociopath

: someone who behaves in a dangerous or violent way towards other people and does not feel guilty about such behavior


so·​cio·​path | \ ˈsō-sē-ə-ˌpath How to pronounce sociopath (audio) , ˈsō-sh(ē-)ə- How to pronounce sociopath (audio) \

Medical Definition of sociopath

: a sociopathic individual

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to engage in dissolute behavior

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