Definition of sociopath in US English:



  • A person with a personality disorder manifesting itself in extreme antisocial attitudes and behavior and a lack of conscience.

    • ‘Dramatic mental failures of this sort shade into failures of empathy, a deficit found in many sociopaths, who also show reduced function of the frontal cortices.’
    • ‘But the claim that some sociopaths are born does not preclude the possibility that some sociopaths are made.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even highly skilled mental health professionals are often fooled by sociopaths, and the narcissistic behavior they exhibit is extraordinarily effective in manipulating and controlling their victims.’
    • ‘The term antisocial personality is often used interchangeably with psychopath or sociopath and is connotative of many forms of deviant behavior.’
    • ‘The complaint seems to be that the majority of the people leaving comments are negative creeps, violent sociopaths or people with no sense of decorum, politeness or appropriateness.’
    • ‘There's no universally agreed upon difference between the word sociopath and psychopath.’
    • ‘While I'm well aware I have many mental issues, I know I can never be a sociopath because guilt and shame are my two oldest friends.’
    • ‘With the exception of sociopaths, who are expert liars, most people sound tense, their voices highly pitched, when they fib.’
    • ‘Internet discussion groups at times appear to be founts of perspicacity and wisdom, at other times the ultimate refuge for sociopaths releasing years of pent-up frustration.’
    • ‘No society has yet been able to free itself of sociopaths, extreme bigots, and aggressive personalities.’
    • ‘Franklin was a manipulative murderer and quite possibly a sociopath.’
    • ‘Psycopaths or sociopaths are not mad, they have personality disorders which cannot be cured as they are ingrained into a person's psyche.’
    • ‘Indeed, these very same people are the most vicious sociopaths when it comes to beating down, and destroying the careers of, talented people below them who they perceive as a threat.’
    • ‘I have learned that these people are sociopaths with no thought whatsoever for what happens to other creatures.’
    • ‘While the film is engrossing, its bleak message doesn't resonate for long because we've heard it before: society gets the homicidal sociopaths it deserves and there's plenty of blame to spread around.’
    • ‘I see ‘evil’ being the actions of a person who chooses to be a sociopath, someone who knows right and wrong and chooses wrong.’
    • ‘He or she may be a sociopath, a psychopath, or simply a good liar.’
    • ‘Some people are clearly sociopaths while others are so delusional that it is clearly unfair to expect them to behave in a rational manner.’
    • ‘The Card Perseveration Task was developed by Siegel to assist in measuring pathology in sociopaths, specifically, the apparent inability to respond to punishment.’
    madman, madwoman, mad person, deranged person, maniac, lunatic, psychotic
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