Definition of psychopathic in US English:

psychopathic

adjective

  • 1Suffering from or constituting a chronic mental disorder with abnormal or violent social behavior.

    ‘a psychopathic disorder’
    • ‘The genre includes vampires, zombies, werewolves and psychopathic killers.’
    • ‘The psychopathic individuals were significantly impaired in response reversal on this task.’
    • ‘Eysenck was the earliest theorist to suggest that delinquent or psychopathic individuals have difficulty inhibiting previously rewarded behaviour.’
    • ‘Zooming right along, we examine the minds of psychopathic killers.’
    • ‘Dubbing them "psychopathic" is unlikely to help victims.’
    • ‘In addition to having many psychopathic features, perpetrators of unlawful confinement shared several other characteristics.’
    • ‘There has been some new interest in the cinematic presentation of the psychopathic killer.’
    • ‘In contrast, the present study found no indications of response reversal impairment in children with psychopathic tendencies.’
    • ‘A bevy of Welsh shrinks have modified an existing psychological test to identify people with psychopathic tendencies.’
    • ‘Such a person would not be suffering from a psychopathic disorder within the meaning of the Act.’
    • ‘Buscemi plays a psychopathic serial killer in the Hannibal Lechter mold.’
    • ‘People like me, frankly, who believe that a good chunk of psychopathic behavior is an inherited risk factor.’
    • ‘In children without psychopathic traits, being anti-social was chiefly the result of environmental factors.’
    • ‘One kind of personality disorder is the psychopathic personality disorder.’
    • ‘On the face of it, the recruitment of teams of psychopathic rapists seems to be available in all cultures.’
    • ‘The psyche: develop a greater insight into predatory and psychopathic patterns of behaviour.’
    • ‘He also has a combination of other psychopathic disorders which meant he had no control over his actions during the family massacre.’
    • ‘The tolas converted Lord Rama into a psychopathic, bloodthirsty god.’
    • ‘However, there are no indications that the social response reversal system is impaired in psychopathic individuals.’
    • ‘Psychiatrists reading this will have already made the diagnosis - psychopathic personality disorder.’
    severely mentally ill, mentally ill, insane, mad, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, not together, crazed, maniac, maniacal, lunatic, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare
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    1. 1.1informal Abnormal and obsessive; manic.
      ‘an obsessive attention to detail that looked almost psychopathic’
      • ‘The ruling class has deliberately cultivated inside its military a psychopathic element, ready to carry out mass murder against any population targeted for subjugation.’
      • ‘And the key to reversing the control of this psychopathic institution is to understand the nature of the beast.’
      • ‘The vast majority of Muslims in the world do not support this psychopathic interpretation of Islam.’
      • ‘Ignorant, crude, even psychopathic, Kelly's columns appealed to the worst elements in American society.’
      • ‘You said it depends on the corporation, so tell me what difference the corporate culture makes to fostering psychopathic behaviour?’
      • ‘The type of commandos hired for these jobs are psychopathic killers for hire who would have no qualms against committing any act of cruelty.’
      • ‘Once again, "psychopathic" is the only reasonable way of describing a lie that can so easily be found out.’
      • ‘Our society is dynamic and affluent, so maybe it makes sense to allow ' psychopathic ' corporations to do what must be done to create wealth, no matter how ruthlessly.’
      • ‘Their defiant ignorance of the national welfare borders sometimes upon the psychopathic.’
      • ‘I tell this story in the context of this month's cover package on psychopathic bosses and the organizational havoc they wreak.’
      • ‘All of this sounds wretched, but not psychopathic.’
      • ‘Their skits deal with diverse topics ranging from a parody of NPR to psychopathic hitchhikers who catch rides with psychopathic drivers.’
      • ‘I agree with the viewpoint that current American thinking has become psychopathic.’

Pronunciation

psychopathic

/ˌsīkəˈpaTHik//ˌsaɪkəˈpæθɪk/