Definition of psychopathic in English:

psychopathic

adjective

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

    ‘a psychopathic disorder’
    • ‘The psychopathic individuals were significantly impaired in response reversal on this task.’
    • ‘The psyche: develop a greater insight into predatory and psychopathic patterns of behaviour.’
    • ‘The genre includes vampires, zombies, werewolves and psychopathic killers.’
    • ‘One kind of personality disorder is the psychopathic personality disorder.’
    • ‘In children without psychopathic traits, being anti-social was chiefly the result of environmental factors.’
    • ‘Such a person would not be suffering from a psychopathic disorder within the meaning of the Act.’
    • ‘On the face of it, the recruitment of teams of psychopathic rapists seems to be available in all cultures.’
    • ‘In contrast, the present study found no indications of response reversal impairment in children with psychopathic tendencies.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Zooming right along, we examine the minds of psychopathic killers.’
    • ‘He also has a combination of other psychopathic disorders which meant he had no control over his actions during the family massacre.’
    • ‘There has been some new interest in the cinematic presentation of the psychopathic killer.’
    • ‘Buscemi plays a psychopathic serial killer in the Hannibal Lechter mold.’
    • ‘Dubbing them "psychopathic" is unlikely to help victims.’
    • ‘People like me, frankly, who believe that a good chunk of psychopathic behavior is an inherited risk factor.’
    • ‘A bevy of Welsh shrinks have modified an existing psychological test to identify people with psychopathic tendencies.’
    • ‘In addition to having many psychopathic features, perpetrators of unlawful confinement shared several other characteristics.’
    • ‘Psychiatrists reading this will have already made the diagnosis - psychopathic personality disorder.’
    • ‘Eysenck was the earliest theorist to suggest that delinquent or psychopathic individuals have difficulty inhibiting previously rewarded behaviour.’
    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 vast majority of Muslims in the world do not support this psychopathic interpretation of Islam.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The type of commandos hired for these jobs are psychopathic killers for hire who would have no qualms against committing any act of cruelty.’
      • ‘And the key to reversing the control of this psychopathic institution is to understand the nature of the beast.’
      • ‘I tell this story in the context of this month's cover package on psychopathic bosses and the organizational havoc they wreak.’
      • ‘Ignorant, crude, even psychopathic, Kelly's columns appealed to the worst elements in American society.’
      • ‘All of this sounds wretched, but not psychopathic.’
      • ‘I agree with the viewpoint that current American thinking has become psychopathic.’
      • ‘Their skits deal with diverse topics ranging from a parody of NPR to psychopathic hitchhikers who catch rides with psychopathic drivers.’
      • ‘You said it depends on the corporation, so tell me what difference the corporate culture makes to fostering psychopathic behaviour?’
      • ‘Once again, "psychopathic" is the only reasonable way of describing a lie that can so easily be found out.’
      • ‘The ruling class has deliberately cultivated inside its military a psychopathic element, ready to carry out mass murder against any population targeted for subjugation.’

Pronunciation

psychopathic

/ˌsaɪkəˈpæθɪk//ˌsīkəˈpaTHik/