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 Browne, an American author, claimed to be a psychic. Chelsey Cox, USA TODAY, "Fact check: 1981 Old Farmer's Almanac didn't predict coronavirus pandemic," 26 May 2020 Scarlet Nexus Last year's Control gave us our fair share of telekinetic warfare, and now the psychic combat continues with Bandai's Scarlet Nexus. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Xbox Series X game trailers revealed: Assassin's Creed, psychological horror, and more," 7 May 2020 The session is unsatisfying; the psychic can’t understand this scientific approach to a process that, to her, is totally intuitive. Vinson Cunningham, The New Yorker, "Kathleen Collins’s Otherworldly Women," 20 Apr. 2020 The Netflix show, set to debut later this month, will feature Paltrow and colleagues exploring a range of alternative healing practices, including energy healing, exorcism, and sessions with psychic mediums. Michael Schulson/undark, Popular Science, "Scientific backlash only makes Goop stronger," 14 Jan. 2020 That kind of isolation and callous disregard for well being can create its own brand of psychic pain. Courtland Milloy, Washington Post, "Some drug users are making their way through recovery, but they could use some help," 17 Dec. 2019 Though it should be noted that Brown also repeatedly reminds us he is not psychic in any way. Ruth Kinane, EW.com, "Derren Brown: Secret on Broadway delights even more than it deceives," 16 Sep. 2019 Often the act is built on a psychic landfill of toxic sludge. Kyle Smith, National Review, "Judd Apatow’s Comedy Masterpiece," 1 May 2020 Michael Pollan, ofOmnivore’s Dilemma fame, has published a bestselling book enumerating their psychic benefits. John Semley, The New Republic, "Turn On, Tune In, Cash In," 27 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The people wanted to know: Did self-described psychic Sylvia Browne predict the 2020 coronavirus pandemic in her 2008 book? Elahe Izadi, Anchorage Daily News, "There are so many coronavirus myths that even Snopes can’t keep up," 16 Apr. 2020 And, conversely, no wonder that the black people, in their room, understood that no kind of psychic or material immigration would ever be expansive enough to open such doors to them—to Alice and her people. Frank B. Wilderson Iii, Harper's Magazine, "Color Theory," 30 Mar. 2020 In the hallway outside, a bevy of psychics read tarot cards and palm lines, and gazed at crystal balls. BostonGlobe.com, "“Psychic Witch: A Metaphysical Guide to Meditation, Magick & Manifestation.”," 30 Oct. 2019 Stephanie Parze, a makeup artist and babysitter, was last seen by her parents October 30 after the family returned home from visiting a psychic in New Brunswick, CNN affiliate WABC reported. Mirna Alsharif, CNN, "Body of Stephanie Parze found in New Jersey woods, now-deceased man responsible for her murder, authorities say," 27 Jan. 2020 Swayze starred as the ghost of Moore’s character’s murdered lover, while Goldberg won an Academy Award for playing a psychic who helps him save her. Helen Murphy, PEOPLE.com, "Tallulah Willis Channels Mom Demi Moore with New Ghost-Inspired Pixie Cut," 4 Dec. 2019 What a shame, though, that his carnival tent-top of psychic pain is pitched upon such poisoned ground. Isaac Feldberg, Fortune, "What to Watch This Weekend In Theaters and On Demand, From ‘Joker’ to ‘Low Tide’," 4 Oct. 2019 Two decades ago, American television was overrun with fast-talking teens with Yale-dreams and Disney Channel originals involving teen wizards, mischievous twins, and high school psychics. Teen Vogue, "10 Best Teen TV Shows of the 2010s," 27 Nov. 2019 The Nobel Prize in psychics, chemistry, literature, and peace, and the prize in economic sciences, will follow over the next seven days. Alex Fitzpatrick, Time, "Here Are All the 2019 Nobel Prize Winners (So Far)," 7 Oct. 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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3 Jun 2020

Cite this Entry

“Psychic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychic. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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