Definition of sociopath in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊʃɪə(ʊ)paθ/
Pronunciation: /ˈsəʊsɪə(ʊ)paθ/


A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behaviour.
Example sentences
  • Professor Kets de Vries says the world can neatly be divided into three distinct behavioural groups: sociopaths, psychopaths and what he calls ‘normopaths’, or excessively normal people.
  • With the exception of sociopaths, who are expert liars, most people sound tense, their voices highly pitched, when they fib.
  • No society has yet been able to free itself of sociopaths, extreme bigots, and aggressive personalities.



Pronunciation: /səʊʃɪə(ʊ)ˈpaθɪk/ Pronunciation: /səʊsɪə(ʊ)ˈpaθɪk/
Example sentences
  • Some violent offenders are not sociopathic or psychopathic, yet probably about 20 percent of the prison population is diagnosable as being psychopathic.
  • Jason Soon has an interesting post drawing attention to research suggesting a link between psychopathic and sociopathic personalities and abnormal brain development.
  • Some individuals may well have a genetic propensity for aggression or for mental instability - or even for sociopathic behavior.


Pronunciation: /səʊʃɪˈɒpəθi/ Pronunciation: /səʊsɪˈɒpəθi/
Example sentences
  • For example, prospectively matching alcoholic patients to cognitive behavioral therapy or interactional therapy based on levels of sociopathy and psychiatric severity was found to reduce negative consequences of drinking.
  • But what's not clear is if this is pathological lying to an extreme, so that it indicates actually a character flaw, anti-social personality or sociopathy which is found in many criminals.
  • If these defects lie in all of us, which of course they do to some extent, then looking at a more comprehensive list of symptoms for sociopathy and psychopathy might lead the way.

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