Definition of psychopath in English:

psychopath

Line breaks: psy¦cho|path
Pronunciation: /ˈsʌɪkəpaθ
 
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noun

  • 1A person suffering from chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behaviour.
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    • 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
    madman/madwoman, mad person, deranged person, maniac, lunatic, psychotic, sociopath
    Scottish informal radge
    North American informal screwball, crazy, kook, meshuggener, nutso
    US informal wing nut
  • 1.1 informal An unstable and aggressive person.
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    • 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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