psychedelic

1 of 2

noun

psy·​che·​del·​ic ˌsī-kə-ˈde-lik How to pronounce psychedelic (audio)
: a psychedelic drug (such as LSD)

psychedelic

2 of 2

adjective

1
a
: of, relating to, or being drugs (such as LSD) capable of producing abnormal psychic effects (such as hallucinations) and sometimes psychotic states
b
: produced by or associated with the use of psychedelic drugs
a psychedelic experience
2
: imitating, suggestive of, or reproducing effects (such as distorted or bizarre images or sounds) resembling those produced by psychedelic drugs
psychedelic color schemes
3
: of, relating to, characteristic of, or being the period of the mid- to late-1960's that is associated with the psychedelic drug culture
psychedelic rock
the psychedelic era/movement
… the "rainbow newspaper" of San Francisco that burst onto the psychedelic scene in 1966 …Don Lattin
… speaking of stereotypes, the illustrations reject any hint of a '60s psychedelic style …Steven Heller
psychedelically adverb

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The most famous--or notorious--of the psychedelic drugs is LSD, a compound that can be obtained from various mushrooms and other fungi but is usually created in the lab. The other well-known psychedelics are psilocybin (likewise obtained from fungi) and mescaline (obtained from peyote cactus). How psychedelics produce their effects is still fairly mysterious, partly because research ceased for almost 20 years because of their reputation, but scientists are determined to find the answers and much research is now under way. Psychedelics are now used to treat anxiety in patients with cancer, and are being tested in the treatment of such serious conditions as severe depression, alcoholism, and drug addiction.

Examples of psychedelic in a Sentence

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Noun
Vaile Wright: Certainly there's been a lot of talk about the use of psychedelics and other types of treatments and innovations in that area. Dana Taylor, USA TODAY, 20 May 2024 California lawmakers kill psychedelics legalization — and hundreds more bills. Andrew Sheeler, Sacramento Bee, 20 May 2024
Adjective
And the company has plans to train psychedelic therapists. Olivia Goldhill, STAT, 31 May 2024 Filament's platform of proprietary intellectual property enables the discovery, development, and delivery of natural psychedelic medicines for clinical development. Charlotte Observer, 29 May 2024 See all Example Sentences for psychedelic 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

irregular from psych- + Greek dēloun to show, from dēlos evident; akin to Sanskrit dīdeti it shines, Latin dies day — more at deity

First Known Use

Noun

1956, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

1957, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychedelic was in 1956

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“Psychedelic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychedelic. Accessed 15 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

psychedelic

1 of 2 adjective
psy·​che·​del·​ic ˌsī-kə-ˈdel-ik How to pronounce psychedelic (audio)
1
: of, relating to, or being a drug (as LSD) that produces abnormal often extreme mental effects (as hallucinations)
2
a
: imitating the effects of psychedelic drugs
b
: glowing brightly

psychedelic

2 of 2 noun
: a psychedelic drug

Medical Definition

psychedelic

1 of 2 noun
psy·​che·​del·​ic ˌsī-kə-ˈdel-ik How to pronounce psychedelic (audio)
: a psychedelic drug (as LSD)

psychedelic

2 of 2 adjective
1
: of, relating to, or being drugs (as LSD) capable of producing abnormal psychic effects (as hallucinations) and sometimes psychotic states
2
: produced by or associated with the use of psychedelic drugs
a psychedelic experience
psychedelically adverb

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