psyche

noun psy·che \ ˈsī-kē \
Updated on: 16 May 2018

Definition of psyche

1 capitalized : a princess loved by Cupid
2
[Greek psychē]
a : soul, personality
  • the nation's consumer psyche
  • —D. J. Kevles
b : the totality of elements forming the mind (see 1mind 2); specifically, in Freudian psychoanalytic theory : the id, ego, and superego including both conscious and unconscious components

Examples of psyche in a Sentence

  1. some hidden corner within your psyche

  2. disturbing, enigmatic paintings that seem to embody the psyche of this brilliant but troubled artist

Recent Examples of psyche from the Web

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Did You Know?

Sometime back in the 16th century, we borrowed the word psyche directly from Greek into English. In Greek mythology, Psyche was a beautiful princess who fell in love with Eros (Cupid), god of love, and went through terrible trials before being allowed to marry him. The story is often understood to be about the soul redeeming itself through love. (To the Greeks, psyche also meant "butterfly", which suggests how they imagined the soul.) In English, psyche often sounds less spiritual than soul, less intellectual than mind, and more private than personality.

Origin and Etymology of psyche

Latin, from Greek psychē soul


PSYCHE Defined for English Language Learners

psyche

Definition of psyche for English Language Learners

  • : the soul, mind, or personality of a person or group


Medical Dictionary

psyche

noun psy·che \ ˈsī-(ˌ)kē \

medical Definition of psyche

: the specialized cognitive, conative, and affective aspects of a psychosomatic unity : mind; specifically : the totality of the id, ego, and superego including both conscious and unconscious components


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