Definition of psychopath in English:

psychopath

Syllabification: psy·cho·path
Pronunciation: /ˈsīkəˌpaTH
 
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noun

1A person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.
More example sentences
  • For a long time we wanted to believe that here we were dealing with abnormal monsters, psychopaths, or mentally defective, even psychotic individuals.
  • Nigel Eastman believes that even if neuroscientists could prove that psychopaths had abnormal brains, they'd still be left with the inconvenient fact that nobody seems to know quite what a psychopath is in the first place.
  • Studying the statements of violent criminal psychopaths sheds light on their striking and specific vulnerability and emotional pain.
Synonyms
1.1 informal An unstable and aggressive person: schoolyard psychopaths will gather around a fight to encourage the combatants
More example sentences
  • She has a boyfriend, who is not an aggressive psychopath like the stalker, but gentle and decent.
  • His book is populated with scoundrels, megalomaniacs, psychopaths, manipulators and sadists - people he happens to find interesting.
  • History is littered with despots and psychopaths, murderous dullards, evil geniuses, deadly incompetents, calamitous brutes of all descriptions.

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