psy·​che·​de·​lia ˌsī-kə-ˈdēl-yə How to pronounce psychedelia (audio)
: the world of people, phenomena, or items associated with psychedelic drugs
: 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 The album is expansive and carefree, with swatches of psychedelia and tons of bright, gleaming synths. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 8 Apr. 2024 As Harrison’s wife, Boyd was there when the Beatles went through the frenzy of Beatlemania, the journeys of psychedelia and mysticism and the crumbling of their partnership. Jack Guy, CNN, 27 Feb. 2024 Boyd was married to Harrison during the peak of Beatlemania, the band’s foray into psychedelia and post-breakup (1966-1977). Kyle Denis, Billboard, 27 Feb. 2024 The Shakes quickly went from the ecstatic down-home rock & roll of their 2012 debut, Boys & Girls, to the raw psychedelia of 2015’s Sound & Color. Jon Dolan, Rolling Stone, 6 Feb. 2024 Folk purists became an endangered species once the psychedelia movement began in 1967. Andy Greene, Rolling Stone, 5 Jan. 2024 With nostalgia on the rise, the company predicts that next year, there will be more interest in 1960s and ’70s psychedelia, with shapes like mushrooms and peace signs. Priya Krishna, New York Times, 14 Dec. 2023 But in the ‘70s the visual byproducts of psychedelia were fully integrated into high fashion and mainstream culture — the bright colors, the squiggly shapes, the dreamlike scenarios — in a new and more fantastic way, a little garish, a little gaudy, even a little unattractive, in a winning way. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 27 Nov. 2023 When Davis’ turns towards rock and psychedelia, the art pushes heavily in that direction. Lily Moayeri, SPIN, 7 Nov. 2023

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Word History


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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“Psychedelia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

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