ly·​ser·​gic lə-ˈsər-jik How to pronounce lysergic (audio)
: psychedelic
… the clarity of the picture, which renders trees, waves, seracs, clouds, and cliffs with a kind of lysergic radiance, flatters the natural world.Nick Paumgarten
In large measure, Sly and the Family Stone bridged the gap between the choreographed cool of soul music and the lysergic abandon of white psychedelic rock.Rolling Stone
… an equally lysergic painting of the late Timothy Leary, who, with his West Coast counterpart, novelist Ken Kesey, spread the gospel of psychedelia to the masses in the mid-1960s.Alan Reder

Examples of lysergic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web But Moran had tried dropping acid and sliding onto its bench again in early 2020, only to realize lysergic lightning might not strike twice. Grayson Haver Currin, New York Times, 25 Mar. 2024 These guys were adding their own unique stylings to yesterday’s lysergic jingle-jangle. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 26 Jan. 2024 In 1969, the Tony Williams Lifetime recorded a version soaked in acid, both lysergic and hydrochloric; a few years later, Jaco Pastorius, Pat Metheny, Paul Bley, and Bruce Ditmas refashioned it into woozy, Grateful Dead–like fusion. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, 19 Oct. 2023 The bassline that bobs at the top of the mix pushes everything forward, each element swirling into a lysergic shimmer. Dash Lewis, Spin, 9 Aug. 2023 Legendarily lysergic Pirates pitcher Dock Ellis famously threw a no-hitter while high on acid in 1970. Gil Kaufman, Billboard, 18 July 2023 Tainy’s spacey production, which is featured a few times on the album, brings out the song’s lysergic wooziness and helps Rauw swerve into unexpected directions — a move that’s refreshing for an artist who easily could have followed a more straightforward path of reggaeton hits. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 24 Jan. 2022 And then there are the colors of the horizon, broadening like the spectrum of a fire by morning and fading into a lysergic wash by night. Grayson Haver Currin, Outside Online, 13 Nov. 2022 Oh, Our Patron Saint of the Holy Abbie-Doobie is still making the sort of broad, big-swing comedies he’s always made, still not afraid to channel his inner manchild in the middle of a lysergic sugar-high. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 10 June 2022

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Word History


after lysergic acid, of which LSD is a derivative

First Known Use

1982, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lysergic was in 1982

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“Lysergic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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