psychic

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

Definition of psychic

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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 \ 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

This disintegration of Dickens’s early family became a psychic wound that he felt compelled to heal again and again. Constance Grady, Vox, "On January 1, dozens of literary classics will enter the public domain," 29 Dec. 2018 Given that ETFs represent passive investments, what investors should hope for is returns in line with broad market indexes plus a psychic benefit, Mr. Rosenbluth says. Dan Weil, WSJ, "Do-Good Funds Finally Are Paying Off in Performance. Will It Last?," 6 May 2018 Over the next few months, your skin will appear plumper and more luminous, and your psychic and emotional wounds will begin to heal. Monica Heisey, Glamour, "My Number One Skin-Care Tip? Get Divorced," 27 Nov. 2018 Cancers are highly intuitive, and their psychic abilities manifest in tangible spaces: For instance, Cancers can effortlessly pick up the energies of a room. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "Each Zodiac Sign's Unique Personality Traits, Explained by an Astrologer," 28 Oct. 2018 The third and final installment in Corey J. White’s Voidwitch Saga follows Mas Xi, a psychic super soldier on the run along with her cat and a fellow psychic named Pale. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out this November," 1 Nov. 2018 Photo by Michael Furniss / Special to the Chronicle Over Memorial Day weekend, getting a psychic reading on the weather could have saved your trip. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Nature’s fortune-tellers predicted wild weather for Memorial Day weekend," 28 May 2018 The town has myriad options for crystal shopping, vortex hunting, and psychic readings. Vogue, "Reese Witherspoon Chose This Arizona Town for an Outdoorsy Girls Trip," 11 Oct. 2018 Of all drug addictions, meth may be the most resistant to treatment—and to successful dramatization, since the junkie personality is, absent sustained clinical progress, a psychic shell. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, "‘Beautiful Boy’ Review: A Vicious Cycle," 11 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Thale is infatuated with his psychologist, Dr. Agatha Matheson (Gretchen Mol) whose romantic past with Karl soured due to her work with psychics. Samantha Nelson, The Verge, "George R.R. Martin’s Nightflyers asks whether humanity deserves to be saved," 29 Nov. 2018 The third and final installment in Corey J. White’s Voidwitch Saga follows Mas Xi, a psychic super soldier on the run along with her cat and a fellow psychic named Pale. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "11 new sci-fi and fantasy books to check out this November," 1 Nov. 2018 Her psychic, Giuseppina Auriemma, who first contacted the killers, was given 25 years. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Maurizio Gucci's ex-wife says she was 'very happy' after slaying: 'I am not guilty, but I am not innocent'," 17 July 2018 Stuart Charno is wonderful as the nervous, creepy serial killer, while Jaap Broeker's turn as the fake psychic the Stupendous Yappi shows us the limits to even Mulder's belief in the paranormal. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Want You to Believe: 15 Episodes to Get Started With 'The X-Files'," 12 June 2015 Dark Pokémon were immune to psychic moves and offensively strong against psychic, while steel Pokémon were resistant to psychic attacks (and a whole bunch of others besides). Andrew Cunningham, Ars Technica, "“Aren’t you a little too old for that?” Two decades of playing Pokémon," 2 Sep. 2018 Jerry Jacobson and his network of mobsters, psychics, strip-club owners and drug traffickers won almost every prize for 12 years, until the FBI launched an undercover scam sting called Operation Final Answer. Recode Staff, Recode, "Recode Daily: Uber is dumping its controversy-plagued self-driving truck business," 31 July 2018 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

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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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