psychic

adjective
psy·chic | \ ˈsī-kik \
variants: or less commonly psychical \ˈsī-ki-kəl \

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

b : medium sense 2d

2 : psychic phenomena

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Other words from psychic

Adjective

psychically \ˈsī-ki-k(ə-)lē \ 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

Similarly, cold water plunges have a long history of functioning as physical and psychic resets, though the circumstances demanding those resets have changed. Lane Florsheim, WSJ, "Artist Taryn Simon Invites You to Take a Cold Water Plunge Inside a Museum," 11 July 2018 Because the drone program is kept hidden from view, the American public rarely hears about the psychic and emotional impact of seeing such footage on a regular basis, day after day, shift after shift. New York Times, "The Wounds of the Drone Warrior," 13 June 2018 Readers will quickly gather that Willa has embarked—willy-nilly, not always consciously—on a psychic transformation. Brad Leithauser, WSJ, "‘Clock Dance’ Review: The Family Maker," 6 July 2018 The World Cup’s psychic lift has arrived at an opportune time. Sean Gregory, Time, "32 Teams Entered, 2 Remain. Your Ultimate Guide to the World Cup Final," 13 July 2018 Evidently success—building brands and businesses, achieving wealth and fame—does not ease the psychic pain that many people suffer. The Economist, "Does inequality cause suicide, drug abuse and mental illness?," 14 June 2018 Such multiple blows create a deep psychic anxiety and force the forgoing of all sorts of meaningful life choices, having children being just one of them. Alex Press, Vox, "The record-low birthrate offers yet another sign that millennials are economically screwed," 31 May 2018 When treating a patient suffering from depression, Brent Forester considers which anti-depressant to prescribe—ideally, one that will ease psychic pain without side effects. Lucette Lagnado, WSJ, "Which Anti-Depressant is Right for You? Your DNA Can Shed Some Light," 6 May 2018 In her work as a psychic medium, Jessica creates bridges between worlds. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "A Beginner’s Guide to Communicating With Spirits on the Other Side," 19 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

He’s called a psychic, a yogi and more by his ardent followers. Ken Jaworowski, New York Times, "Review: ‘The Doctor From India’ Pushes Nontraditional Medicine," 31 May 2018 Frees also will work with audience members by sharing her psychic and mediumship gifts. Randall G. Mielke, Aurora Beacon-News, "'American Psychic' helps connect people with departed loved ones," 5 July 2018 They were fascinated by psychics and faith healers, and of course, the many lovers and big dame hunters who pursued them from Hawaii to Hollywood to the Riviera. Stephanie Mansfield, Town & Country, "Inside the World's Richest Rivalry: Doris Duke and Barbara Hutton," 26 Apr. 2017 The country remains incredibly divided, newly vulnerable and dealing with an irreversible psychic change about its place in the world. Georgina Voss, The Atlantic, "Brexit Could Cripple Britain’s Ports," 20 June 2018 Using psychology to manipulate people's minds is not the same thing as being psychic. Lindsay Carlton, Fox News, "Spidey, the mentalist and hypnotist, reveals the secrets of his 'magic'," 19 June 2018 But my player-character is the perfect psychic, soul-reading, pirate lord for the job. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire," 4 June 2018 Brown acted opposite the former The View cohost from 2003 to 2007 on the show which depicted Raven-Symoné as a psychic who could see the future just moments before events occurred. Alexia Fernandez, PEOPLE.com, "That's So Raven's Orlando Brown Reveals He Has a Huge Tattoo of Raven-Symoné on His Chest & Neck," 30 May 2018 Aura photos, astrologers, authors, essential oils, incense, massage, natural healing products, nutritional supplements and psychics are among the offerings. Jessi Virtusio, Daily Southtown, "Body Mind Spirit Expo in Tinley Park all about healing, empowering," 18 May 2018

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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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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 \
variants: also psychical \-ki-kəl \

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 \ adverb

psychic

noun

Medical Definition of psychic (Entry 2 of 2)

: a person apparently sensitive to nonphysical forces

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