psychedelia

noun

psy·​che·​de·​lia ˌsī-kə-ˈdēl-yə How to pronounce psychedelia (audio)
1
: the world of people, phenomena, or items associated with psychedelic drugs
2
: psychedelic music

Example Sentences

the tie-dyed fashions of psychedelia music ranging from jazz to disco to '60s psychedelia
Recent Examples on the Web Beck had a national penchant for psychedelia, experimentalism, and jazz (two of his favorite musicians in the Sixties were Eric Dolphy and Roland Kirk) and his avant-garde side fit perfectly with the pop scene in the Sixties. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 11 Jan. 2023 Their musical styles encompass tropicália, West Coast psychedelia, soul, mambo, ranchera, cumbia and indie rock, among other genres. Sofia Krusmark, The Arizona Republic, 27 Oct. 2022 The late 1960s got a facelift on Saturday in a collection that featured babydoll dresses, miniskirts, psychedelia, crop-tops and jabot collars -- but never lost that floaty, contemporary Saab touch. Thomas Adamson, ajc, 1 Oct. 2022 Jones’ fretwork is crucial to Tool’s sound, brilliantly connecting the sonic threads between prog, psychedelia, heavy metal, and post-grunge. Spin Staff, SPIN, 6 Sep. 2022 Junior Mesa, another sort-of-indie act that blurs the lines between psychedelia and soul, based out of Bakersfield. Jem Aswad, Variety, 1 Dec. 2022 There are dashes of psychedelia and Beatlesesque whimsy, with welcome COVID-era plaints of patience, understanding and peace. Christopher Arnott, Hartford Courant, 26 Aug. 2022 The peace sign is among the most recognizable symbols of the late 20th century, embodying anti-Vietnam War fervor, as well as trippy pop psychedelia. Nancy Hass, New York Times, 11 Oct. 2022 Their blend of familiar elements of classic soul, dub, rock and psychedelia — combined with the warm sensibilities of their sound — was the perfect transition as sunset turned into evening. Daniel Kohn, SPIN, 3 Oct. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

New Latin, from English psychedelic

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychedelia was in 1967

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Cite this Entry

“Psychedelia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychedelia. Accessed 6 Feb. 2023.

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