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
some hidden corner within your psyche
<disturbing, enigmatic paintings that seem to embody the psyche of this brilliant but troubled artist>
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
First Known Use: 1590
PSYCHE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of psyche for English Language Learners
: the soul, mind, or personality of a person or group
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