Definition of 'pathological'

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We now realise he is a pathological liar and are disgusted by him. The Sun (2010)He seems to have been a pathological liar. Christianity Today (2000)Defence lawyers insisted he was a pathological liar. The Sun (2009)You target outcasts because they fulfil your pathological need for unconditional affection. The Sun (2016)As we talk it seems he has a pathological fear of being hurt. Times, Sunday Times (2009)Perhaps the deeper problem is his almost pathological unwillingness to accept the blame. Times, Sunday Times (2012)Now it has an almost pathological edge. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Or why they harbour such a pathological hatred of talking. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Is it possible to be both a pathological liar and a paragon of sincerity at the same time? Times, Sunday Times (2010)Her secluded lifestyle and an almost pathological anxiety about meeting strangers meant that her friendships evolved through letters rather than in person. Pamela Norris Words Of Love: Passionate Women from Heloise to Sylvia Plath (2006)My son is a pathological liar, he steals and feels no remorse. Times, Sunday Times (2015)I had an almost pathological need to take on too much. Times, Sunday Times (2007)I have a pathological fear of being on my own. Times, Sunday Times (2015)He is almost reclusive in his pathological desire to avoid publicity, but he has hosted parties attended by a swath of A-list stars. Times, Sunday Times (2012)If all this seems a little negative, let me assure you I now feel an almost pathological fondness for the place. Times, Sunday Times (2007)I'm not doing this out of kindness, but from an almost pathological curiosity to see how people live in these grand spaces. Times, Sunday Times (2009)

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Translations for 'pathological'

British English: pathological ADJECTIVE
You describe a person or their behaviour as pathological when they behave in an extreme and unacceptable way, and have very powerful feelings which they cannot control.
He experiences chronic, almost pathological jealousy.


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