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 More established venture capital funds and larger players in the private equity and institutional investment world have largely stayed out of psychedelia to date. Sam Dean, Los Angeles Times, 30 Sep. 2021 Hot Sass is the follow-up to Coopers 2018 album Window Flowers, which received critical acclaim for its groovy combination of folk and psychedelia. Rianna Turner, Forbes, 3 Sep. 2021 McCombs’s own music, with its cryptic lyrics, loping melodies, and bloom of psychedelia, has a sort of dreamy seventies feel, made for the kind of aimless road trips that often wind through movies from the era. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 The War on Drugs reaches back to the late-1960s era when folk-rock, drone and psychedelia overlapped, when the Velvet Underground and the Grateful Dead weren’t that far apart. New York Times, 23 July 2021 Pollan may be following from the lessons of psychedelia, in which obvious truths can be plainly revealed to the user (or, here, the reader) in ways that are revelatory but not prescriptive or didactic. John Semley, The New Republic, 26 July 2021 The clip, directed by Adam Bernstein, pairs the Violent Femmes’ song with a surreal blast of Americana, mashing together square dances, disco balls, and psychedelia. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 20 Apr. 2021 The new excerpt, below, offers a glimpse at the eye-popping artwork, which blends dazzling Eighties neon with a bit of surreal psychedelia. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 2 June 2021 There’s an amount of psychedelia, which is very soothing and transformational. Brady Gerber, Vulture, 11 May 2021

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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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“Psychedelia.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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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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