noun, often attributive
or·​gone | \ ˈȯr-ˌgōn How to pronounce orgone (audio) \

Definition of orgone

: a vital energy held to pervade nature and be a factor in health in the theories of Wilhelm Reich

Examples of orgone in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And then there was orgone, discovered, or imagined, by Wilhelm Reich, the Austrian psychoanalyst and fallen Freudian. Nick Paumgarten, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 The Food and Drug Administration questioned his claims about the orgone accumulator and believed that the device was a cover for more illicit activities. Washington Post, 18 June 2021

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First Known Use of orgone

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for orgone

German Orgon, from Orgasmus orgasm and organisch organic + -on -on entry 2

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“Orgone.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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