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

Legends did a story last spring where the team enlisted the help of character actor John Noble (playing himself) as part of a larger plan to protect a college-aged Barack Obama from getting killed by a psychic gorilla. Noel Murray, The Verge, "The 20 best TV series of 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 The Twelfth House is the final domain of zodiac and is considered an extremely psychic and otherworldly realm. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What August's Scorpio Horoscope Means for You," 30 July 2018 An article in an official army periodical is being ridiculed for claiming that the Russian military has psychic abilities and has used them in wartime. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Journal Claims Russian Troops Have Psychic Powers," 4 Apr. 2019 The restaurant, 42 Grams, sucked everything the couple had in terms of emotional, financial and psychic capital. Michael Phillips, chicagotribune.com, "What's missing from films about the Chicago restaurant scene?," 25 Jan. 2018 Even better, the Russian military learned the technology from dolphins, which are naturally psychic. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "Journal Claims Russian Troops Have Psychic Powers," 4 Apr. 2019 Their dad is dead, as is a police officer, and Daniel seems to have wild and uncontrollable psychic powers. Julie Muncy, Ars Technica, "Life Is Strange 2, episode 1 review: New setting, same heart," 28 Sep. 2018 After a mysterious reading with a psychic, played by the mythical Erykah Badu, Ali wakes up the next day with the ability to read the innermost thoughts of men. Lauren Sanchez, Vogue, "Taraji P. Henson Doles Out Relationship Advice at the New York City Premiere of What Men Want," 5 Feb. 2019 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The bigger question: Is the United Nations psychic? Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Meghan Markle's United Nations Ad Is More Relevant Now Than Ever," 8 Aug. 2018 An investigation into a serial killer going after psychics leads the agents to Bruckman, who must protect him from his inevitable fate. John Wenz, Popular Mechanics, "We Want You to Believe: 15 Episodes to Get Started With 'The X-Files'," 12 June 2015 Kaori is an entrepreneurial psychic, and Chet a bully out of central casting whose cruel act leads to Virgil’s predicament and his guinea pig’s too. Susan Faust, San Francisco Chronicle, "Roundup of children’s books," 24 Feb. 2018 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

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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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