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
Recent Examples on the Web Inspired by '60s psychedelia, the group -- along with Collins, Q-Tip and a horde of Soul Train style dancers -- appear outfitted in sequins and paisley. Katie Bain, Billboard, "On This Day in Billboard Dance History: Groove Was in the Heart, With Deee-Lite's Signature Hit," 3 Sep. 2020 In today's edition, Miley is making midnight disco music, Rico Nasty teams with 100 gecs, Slow Pulp mix psychedelia with heavy-eyed melancholy, 03 Greedo loads it up, and more unreleased Prince heat. Marcus Jones,, "Friday Five: Miley Cyrus' disco-chic single, another unreleased Prince gem, and more," 14 Aug. 2020 Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation, built around ex-Jeff Beck drummer Aynsley Dunbar, released their blueprint in 1967, as Cream-like power-psychedelia. Matt Wake |, al, "Did you know these rock and metal classics were covers?," 8 June 2020 The 1975 buffered its hooks with gospel choirs, funky bass lines, glitchy electronic noodling, and flushes of psychedelia. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, "The 1975 Has More to Say," 25 May 2020 Ayelet Waldman, the 55-year-old author and mother of four, is another unlikely face of psychedelia’s new culture. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 This week, new music comes in the form of Harry Styles’ continuing retro mood, Tame Impala’s thoughtful, introspective psychedelia, and Allie X and Troye Sivan’s dramatic take on the wrong kind of love. Raisa Bruner, Time, "The 5 Best Songs of the Week, from Harry Styles to Tame Impala," 6 Dec. 2019 Christian Angermayer is an unlikely proselyte of psychedelia: The German financier didn’t drink so much as a sip of beer for the first three decades of his life. Meghana Keshavan, Scientific American, "The Psychedelics Evangelist: A German Financier Wants to Turn Magic Mushrooms into Modern Medicine," 9 July 2019 Behind the camera of this gorgeously hallucinogenic, strangely moving film, Stanley floods the screen with colorful psychedelia and some impressively grotesque body-horror imagery, but his more impressive triumph is a matter of pacing. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to watch (and skip) in theaters and on Netflix this weekend," 24 Jan. 2020

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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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17 Sep 2020

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“Psychedelia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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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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