Origin of sociopathsocio- + (psycho)path
Sociopath is a person who is unable to tell right from wrong and has extreme antisocial tendencies.
A murderer who doesn't really care that his actions are wrong is an example of a sociopath.
a person suffering from psychopathic personality, whose behavior is aggressively antisocial
A psychopath or a person with antisocial personality disorder.
- A person with an antisocial personality disorder, exhibiting antisocial behavior that usually is the result of social and environmental factors in the person's early life.
Coined c. 1930 by George Everett Partridge, American psychologist; socio- +"Ž -path
- Since the child had behavioral tendencies similar to a sociopath, her parents took her to a psychiatrist.
- The violent sociopath showed no empathy for the people affected by his actions.
- The psychiatrist diagnosed the patient to be a sociopath and recommended more mental evaluation.
- The woman hid the fact that she was a sociopath by pretending to have emotions like other people.
- She found it difficult to get along with her friend's boyfriend and was worried he was a sociopath because of his lack of emotions.