psy·​che·​de·​lia | \ ˌsī-kə-ˈdēl-yə \

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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The sound was like psychedelia in photographic negative — not a hallucination of life and color, but a vision of death and erasure. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Review: A Jazzfest Marathon Where Voices Lead the Way to Resistance and Renewal," 15 Jan. 2018 Though the oldest of the group was born in 1993, the quartet boasts a '60s-esque surf-rock influence with a hint of psychedelia, which is unexpected but refreshing at a time when many young artists are making music on their computers. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Atomics Talk Family, Making Music and Why You Shoudn't Be on Your Phone at Coachella," 29 Mar. 2017 After all these years, the game maintains a sense of humor that lands somewhere between Flaming Lips psychedelia and Ren & Stimpy gross-out humor. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "WarioWare Gold: A fine example of Nintendo’s weird “end of life” history," 3 Aug. 2018 It's been years since Detroit got a visit from iconoclastic rock auteur Anton Newcombe and his San Francisco band, whose fuzzed-out psychedelia nods to the '60s but whose defiant spirit is all punk. Brian Mccollum, Detroit Free Press, "Upcoming Detroit concerts: Sevendust, Spinners, LeAnn Rimes, Tom Jones, more," 10 May 2018 Martsch’s brain-frying guitar jams often sound like an unhinged Neil Young filtered through the loopy high plains psychedelia of Meat Puppets. Bill Brownlee, kansascity, "Break out your flannel: Built to Spill will thrill at Middle of the Map Fest," 28 June 2018 With the dreamy psychedelia of the Beach Boys at the core of its influences, the Milwaukee band's gorgeous sophomore album showcases layers of lush music, providing comfort, and inspiring awe, across tales of strife. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "With gorgeous album 'Divisions,' Milwaukee group Greatest Lakes a must-see at Summerfest," 15 June 2018 Folk/pop singer Ray LaMontagne’s latest, Part of the Light, feels dreamy and bucolic but with one large boot planted in the unmoored psychedelia of Pink Floyd and 1960s Los Angeles cult heroes Love. Staff, The Christian Science Monitor, "Top Picks: Ray LaMontagne’s 'Part of the Light,' the podcast 'Giants of History,' and more top picks," 9 June 2018 His mother’s life as a gospel singer shines bright in his music, but Harding further infuses his work with blues, country, soul, rock and psychedelia. Efrain Dorado, RedEye Chicago, "5 must-see concerts in Chicago this week: Lorde, Stella Donnelly," 24 Mar. 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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