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

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 The 8th’s New Moon crystallizes your psychic powers, and exposes exactly what’s no longer on your vision board. Bess Matassa, Teen Vogue, "Monthly Lovescopes October 2018," 3 Oct. 2018 These two are already going through some terrible stuff, having been separated from their father while also dealing with Daniel’s burgeoning psychic powers. Megan Farokhmanesh, The Verge, "Life is Strange 2 puts politics at its forefront," 28 Sep. 2018 San Francisco County Fair Building, 9th Ave. and Lincoln Way, S.F. www.sfsucculent.org Summer in San Francisco Crystal Fair Rocks & minerals, gems & jewelry, metaphysical arts, massage, psychic readings and more. Chronicle Staff Report, San Francisco Chronicle, "Events listings," 31 May 2018 The woman also reported that her daughter had given the psychic her social security number. Chicago Tribune, chicagotribune.com, "Skokie woman charged for allegedly cutting bar patron's face with glass: Niles police," 12 Mar. 2018 Cliff began holding seances at the house, and a psychic told him spirits were inhabiting Villa Paula. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "Miami's Most Haunted House Is for Sale for Nearly $5 Million," 13 June 2018 The psychic damage lingered for years, but the team is now one of the most dominant in the league. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, "LeBron James and Michael Jordan Now Have Another Thing in Common: The Shot," 26 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

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 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

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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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