psychic

adjective
psy·​chic | \ ˈsī-kik How to pronounce psychic (audio) \
variants: or less commonly psychical \ ˈsī-​ki-​kəl How to pronounce psychical (audio) \

Definition of psychic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the psyche : psychogenic
2 : lying outside the sphere of physical science or knowledge : immaterial, moral, or spiritual in origin or force
3 : sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and influences : marked by extraordinary or mysterious sensitivity, perception, or understanding

psychic

noun

Definition of psychic (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a person apparently sensitive to nonphysical forces
2 : psychic phenomena

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Other Words from psychic

Adjective

psychically \ ˈsī-​ki-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of psychic in a Sentence

Adjective She claims to be psychic. Noun She claims to be a psychic. a TV psychic who managed to convince at least some people that their deceased loved ones were using him to relay messages
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective To remain apart is to lessen ourselves: our internal landscape, our psychic proprioception, relies on the richness and ambiguity offered in the interplay between self and other. Emma Cline, The New Yorker, "Mike Mandel’s Selfies from the Seventies," 12 Oct. 2020 Mercury's backwards dance will move from Scorpio into Libra on 27th October, Leslie Hale, psychic astrologer at Keen.com, tells Refinery29. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "October’s Mercury Retrograde Is Going To Be Rough," 11 Oct. 2020 And through those three days between the biopsy and the mastectomy, good wishes came pouring in by mail and telephone and the door and the psychic ether. Audre Lorde, Glamour, "Audre Lorde: A Black Lesbian Feminist Experience of Breast Cancer," 7 Oct. 2020 Published in 2014, a year marred by police killings and sustained protests against police violence, Citizen found a way to describe the psychic violence of being Black in the U.S. Kierstan Carter, The New Republic, "Claudia Rankine Has a Few Questions," 6 Oct. 2020 Eckhart, a professional mentalist and psychic who hosts the Sykesville Ghost Tour, said this year’s tour welcomes new stories and other oddities, with plenty to keep guests entertained during this Halloween season. Megan Woodward, baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll, "‘It’s fun to see haunted things’: Carroll County welcomes Halloween season with spooky events, family fun," 5 Oct. 2020 Any perception of weakness for him is some kind of psychic wound. Isaac Chotiner, The New Yorker, "Maggie Haberman on the Fallout from Trump’s Hospitalization," 3 Oct. 2020 Venus and Virgo aren't exactly compatible with one another, cautions Leslie Hale, Keen.com psychic astrologer. Elizabeth Gulino, refinery29.com, "Venus Is In Virgo & It’s Changing Everyone’s Love Language," 2 Oct. 2020 Those were big wins, sure, but none of them carried the psychic weight of potential downside of Wednesday’s nailbiter. Scott Ostler, SFChronicle.com, "Baseball gods answer A’s prayers, reward stellar play with huge win," 30 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Morbidly curious about the hotel's tragic past, employees Luke (Pat Healy) and Claire (Sara Paxton) go ghost hunting with the help of a psychic played by Kelly McGillis (Top Gun). Bianca Rodriguez, Marie Claire, "35 Not-Too-Scary Halloween Movies for Scaredy Cats," 21 Sep. 2020 Here are five things that even longtime Mercado devotees might learn about the onscreen psychic in the documentary. Carly Mallenbaum, USA TODAY, "5 things you didn’t know about TV psychic (and Netflix documentary subject) Walter Mercado," 9 July 2020 The people wanted to know: Did self-described psychic Sylvia Browne predict the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in her 2008 book? Elahe Izadi, Anchorage Daily News, "There are so many coronavirus myths that even Snopes can’t keep up," 16 Apr. 2020 And, conversely, no wonder that the black people, in their room, understood that no kind of psychic or material immigration would ever be expansive enough to open such doors to them—to Alice and her people. Frank B. Wilderson Iii, Harper's Magazine, "Color Theory," 30 Mar. 2020 In the hallway outside, a bevy of psychics read tarot cards and palm lines, and gazed at crystal balls. BostonGlobe.com, "“Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation.”," 30 Oct. 2019 Stephanie Parze, a makeup artist and babysitter, was last seen by her parents October 30 after the family returned home from visiting a psychic in New Brunswick, CNN affiliate WABC reported. Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "Body of Stephanie Parze found in New Jersey woods, now-deceased man responsible for her murder, authorities say," 27 Jan. 2020 Swayze starred as the ghost of Moore’s character’s murdered lover, while Goldberg won an Academy Award for playing a psychic who helps him save her. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Tallulah Willis Channels Mom Demi Moore with New Ghost-Inspired Pixie Cut," 4 Dec. 2019 What a shame, though, that his carnival tent-top of psychic pain is pitched upon such poisoned ground. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch This Weekend In Theaters and On Demand, From ‘Joker’ to ‘Low Tide’," 4 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of psychic

Adjective

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for psychic

Adjective

Greek psychikos of the soul, from psychē soul

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The first known use of psychic was in 1645

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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Psychic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychic. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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psychic

noun

English Language Learners Definition of psychic

: a person who has strange mental powers and abilities (such as the ability to predict the future, to know what other people are thinking, or to receive messages from dead people) : a person who has psychic powers

psychic

adjective
psy·​chic | \ ˈsī-kik How to pronounce psychic (audio) \
variants: also psychical \ -​ki-​kəl How to pronounce psychical (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychic

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : of or relating to the psyche : psychogenic
2 : sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and influences

Other Words from psychic

psychically \ -​ki-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce psychically (audio) \ adverb

psychic

noun

Medical Definition of psychic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person apparently sensitive to nonphysical forces

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