psy·​che·​de·​lia | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈdēl-yə How to pronounce psychedelia (audio) \

Definition of psychedelia

1 : the world of people, phenomena, or items associated with psychedelic drugs
2 : psychedelic music

Examples of psychedelia in a Sentence

the tie-dyed fashions of psychedelia music ranging from jazz to disco to '60s psychedelia

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To rap with such force and gymnastic verve in this climate of psychedelia and melody feels like an ethical choice as much as an artistic one. Jon Caramanica, New York Times, "NF Has the No. 1 Album in the Country, and He Sounds Miserable," 7 Aug. 2019 Baltimore’s favorite psychedelic rockers pay tribute to one of the premier years of psychedelia, with an evening of original music, plus covers of songs by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix and others. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: AFRAM, Moonrise Festival, Hootie & The Blowfish and more," 4 Aug. 2019 Morgan Delt with Pearl Charles, Vinyl Williams, The Sunsettes, Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show Head to Highland Park for an evening of top-tier West Coast psychedelia. Andrea Domanick, Los Angeles Times, "Best live music in L.A.: Robyn, Cuco, XXL Freshman and more," 24 July 2019 Yeasayer at the 9:30 Club: Since the band’s debut in 2007, Yeasayer has done its part to keep rock weird and wonderful, exploring the freakier corners of folk, embracing psychedelia and traversing the musical globe for sounds and rhythms. Washington Post, "17 things to do in the D.C. area this weekend," 11 July 2019 Coolest Emerging Act: The Atlanta five-piece Upchuck kicks incendiary garage-punk jams with shades of psychedelia and doom rock. Blake Ryan, Billboard, "A Guide to Summer Music Festival Season 2019," 24 June 2019 Marmalade Sky’ sounds like bad British psychedelia. Nell Zink, Harper's magazine, "Marmalade Sky," 24 June 2019 Now, his whimsical psychedelia will appear in New York in the forms of Charlie Brown, Snoopy and the rest of the Peanuts gang, as part of a new public art project bringing Charles M. Schulz’s characters to cities around the world. Andrew R. Chow, New York Times, "Good Grief, Charlie Brown! You’re Graffiti," 2 Apr. 2018 Its music fused bubu with elements of psychedelia, Afro-Caribbean music, electronic dance music and funk. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "Janka Nabay, 54, Dies; Carried an African Dance Music Worldwide," 3 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of psychedelia

1967, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for psychedelia

New Latin, from English psychedelic

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English Language Learners Definition of psychedelia

: the art, music, style of living, etc., that is associated with psychedelic drugs and especially with the time in the 1960s when many people were using psychedelic drugs

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