Wednesday Word for May 20, 2020

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Today’s Word

Part of Speech

noun, adjective

Definition

  1. Of, relating to, or characterized by asocial or antisocial behavior or exhibiting antisocial personality disorder.
  2. Behavioral pattern exhibited by patients with an antisocial personality disorder.

History

This word was first used in 1914, meaning asocial or antisocial behavior. According to Wikipedia, “The term sociopathy was popularized from 1929/30 by the American psychologist George E. Partridge and was originally intended as an alternative term to indicate that the defining feature was a pervasive failure to adhere to societal norms in a way that could harm others.”

Synonyms

aberrant, delusional, paranoid

Usage and Examples

Here are a few examples:

  • The country was run by a sociopathic dictator.
  • The country misunderstood the threat that the sociopath in charge represented.
  • A true sociopath, Jack displayed a blatant disregard for consequences.

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