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Definition of "psychopathology" [psychopathology]

  • The study of the origin, development, and manifestations of mental or behavioral disorders. (noun)
  • The manifestation of a mental or behavioral disorder. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "psychopathology" in a sentence
  • "Romantic bestseller (it provoked E.T.A. Hoffmann, amongst others, towards an interest in psychopathology)."
  • "This psychopathology is made all the more palpable because of the intense moral contradictions: while it has accomplished impressive things, including “Jewish democracy,” a place for some Jews to take refuge or to find pride, survival at all odds, and economic and technological development, Israel is a colonial settler society in origin as much as Zionism is also a variant of Jewish nationalism; it is both non-democratic in its exclusion of non-Jews and democratic for its Jewish majority."
  • "Abnormal behaviour is called psychopathology and is classified on the basis of its symptoms, the classification is called a diagnosis."