psychic

1 of 2

adjective

psy·​chic ˈsī-kik How to pronounce psychic (audio)
variants or less commonly psychical
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
psychically adverb

psychic

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noun

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

Example Sentences

Adjective She claims to be psychic. Noun She claims to be a psychic. a celebrity psychic who managed to convince at least some people that their deceased loved ones were using him to relay messages
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
Like that one episode of Paranoia Agent, but shorter and without a looming evil psychic presence stalking the staff. Vulture, 20 Jan. 2023 But after learning about his former friend’s betrayal, Sam seeks the help of psychic Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg) to set things right and protect Molly from Carl. Alexis Oatman, cleveland, 18 Jan. 2023 The findings of the new study add to a growing body of work showing the psychic impact of extreme climate events. Jeffrey Kluger, Time, 18 Jan. 2023 The brilliant Lance Henriksen stars as ex-FBI agent Frank Black, who signs on with a private firm called the Millennium Group and uses his preternatural—but not psychic—ability to see through the eyes of serial killers. PCMAG, 18 Jan. 2023 The San Diego Psychic & Healing Arts Fair offers a psychic and health fair and wellness expo featuring psychics, healers, vendors and speakers. San Diego Union-Tribune, 18 Jan. 2023 In Marjan’s classroom in a city not far from Tehran, language is the subject, but it’s the teacher who needs the psychic interpreter. Peter Marks, Washington Post, 17 Jan. 2023 Her multitasking and compartmentalizing, which the press has covered tirelessly, almost seem like necessary steps in the quarantining of order—individual and psychic as well as shared and political—from chaos. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 7 Jan. 2023 If all this sounds more therapeutic than psychic, that’s not far from the truth. Alix Strauss, New York Times, 31 Dec. 2022
Noun
The infomercial psychic with the memorable catchphrase and phony Jamaican accent is recalled in this new documentary. cleveland, 11 Dec. 2022 Rebecca bought me a session with a psychic in Australia who uses WhatsApp and WhatsApp only. Annie Hamilton, New York Times, 28 Aug. 2022 My psychic told me my mom is really exited about getting this star. Roy Trakin, Variety, 2 Oct. 2022 Your psychic will then lay out the tarot cards in a spread. Dallas News, 29 Aug. 2022 That's So Raven, a Disney Channel sitcom which ran from 2003 to 2007 and depicted Raven-Symoné as a psychic who could see the future just moments before events occurred. Greg Hanlon, Peoplemag, 23 Dec. 2022 In 2014, a South Florida woman who claimed to be a psychic with the ability to positively influence terminal cancer was sentenced to three years and nine months in prison. CBS News, 13 Dec. 2022 The infomercial psychic with the memorable catchphrase and phony Jamaican accent is recalled in this new documentary. cleveland, 11 Dec. 2022 The infomercial psychic with the memorable catchphrase and phony Jamaican accent is recalled in this new documentary. Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2022 See More

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

Greek psychikos of the soul, from psychē soul

First Known Use

Adjective

1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1860, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychic was in 1645

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Cite this Entry

“Psychic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychic. Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition

psychic

1 of 2 adjective
psy·​chic ˈsī-kik How to pronounce psychic (audio)
variants also psychical
1
: of or relating to the psyche
2
: not physical
especially : not to be explained by knowledge of natural laws
3
: sensitive to influences or forces believed to come from beyond the natural world
psychically adverb

psychic

2 of 2 noun
: a psychic person (as a medium)

Medical Definition

psychic

1 of 2 adjective
psy·​chic ˈsī-kik How to pronounce psychic (audio)
variants also psychical
1
: of or relating to the psyche : psychogenic
2
: sensitive to nonphysical or supernatural forces and influences
psychically adverb

psychic

2 of 2 noun
: a person apparently sensitive to nonphysical forces

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