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 Decades after the events of The Shining (1980), the adult Dan Torrence meets a young girl with gifts similar to his and their bond attracts the attention of a cult of psychic vampires known as The True Knot. Richard Newby, The Hollywood Reporter, "Fall's Upcoming Horror Releases," 6 Sep. 2019 The back doctor drew other psychic rewards from Raiders glory days. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: With Chargers gone, will Raiders fans expand presence in San Diego?," 31 Aug. 2019 This is a masterly portrait that can be read as a critique of family life, the treatment of children and the psychic consequences of different forms of upbringing. Rachel Cusk, The New Yorker, "Françoise Sagan, the Great Interrogator of Morality," 21 Aug. 2019 There’s a complex plot involving mind control and psychic dueling that eventually results in Jean Grey being deemed an intergalactic threat. Alex Abad-santos, Vox, "Dark Phoenix is a joyless retelling of the X-Men’s most famous story," 5 June 2019 Beyond cookbooks, a number of writers have touched on the positive psychic effect preparing food has had on them. Washington Post, "Can cooking serve as a balm for depression? For one British author, it saved her life.," 12 Sep. 2019 That the solution involves overcoming a psychic despot who wears a Richard Nixon mask says a lot about where Englehart’s mind — and Marvel’s counterculture status — was at in 1975. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "80 Comics to Read For Marvel's 80th Anniversary," 31 Aug. 2019 The book shines a light on something that hasn’t been adequately addressed by left or right, which is the primordial panic underlying identity politics, and its accompanying psychic distress. Nr Interview, National Review, "Identity Politics Runs Much Deeper than Politics," 27 Aug. 2019 But there are therapists to deal with traumatic trips, guides to light the way through the psychic depths, lawyers, lobbyists and, of course, fungal cultivators. The Denver Post, "Post Premium: Our best stories for the week of Aug. 19-25," 25 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun All of the mediums, psychics and healers are independent contractors who generally own their own homes, but Cassadaga owns the land. Los Angeles Times, "At this Florida camp, believers can ask for healing or a chat with the dead," 2 Sep. 2019 Four in 10 believe in psychics and that spiritual energy can be found in physical objects like mountains or trees. Anna Bauman, Detroit Free Press, "Crystals, healing, acceptance: Inside the world of Michigan's witches," 2 Aug. 2019 The purported psychic said her name was Jacklyn Miller and told the student that her mental problems stemmed from a curse that had killed her mother. BostonGlobe.com, "‘Psychic’ who promised to lift curse gets prison time - The Boston Globe," 11 Sep. 2019 And in a neat bit of casting, Pamela Sue Martin — TV’s original Nancy Drew — appears in the pilot episode as a psychic. Chuck Barney, The Mercury News, "Fall TV 2019: 10 new shows you’ll want to see," 13 Sep. 2019 In fact, one psychic, whom Dr. Ruan has not met, has made several referrals to her. Sanam Yar, New York Times, "Now Therapists Have to Figure Out Astrology, Tarot and Psychedelics," 28 Aug. 2019 Yet, 4 in 10 Americans believe in psychics and that spiritual energy can be found in physical objects, according to a study by the Pew Research Center. Byron Mccauley, Cincinnati.com, "Can we really talk to the dead? He's been doing it for three decades," 12 Aug. 2019 At least the Future Crime division in the movie had the help of psychics. Thomas Massie, National Review, "‘Red Flag’ Laws Are the Wrong Solution to Mass Shootings," 12 Aug. 2019 In it, the daughter of a psychic who is pretending to be one herself and the single mother of a sick 4-year-old join forces and face their secrets to solve their problems. Carole Goldberg, courant.com, "Write Stuff: Luanne Rice kicks off CT Authors Trail," 3 July 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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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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