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

Players will be able to fight the psychic-type Pokémon in five-star raids from 1 p.m. PT Wednesday to 1 p.m. PT July 31. Michelle Lou, CNN, "Armored Mewtwo is coming to 'Pokémon GO'," 5 July 2019 Written and illustrated by Otomo, the story involving dystopian biker gangs and super-psychic street kids in a futuristic Neo-Tokyo was originally published in Kodansha Ltd.’s manga magazine Weekly Young Magazine from 1982 to 1990. Nick Romano, EW.com, "New Akira anime 'project' in the works from creator Katsuhiro Otomo," 5 July 2019 For a bored person fearing psychic annihilation on Instagram, jumping into a deal with an Instagram vendor can even feel a touch courageous. Collier Meyerson, WIRED, "Instagram Is Sweet and Sort of Boring—but the Ads!," 24 June 2019 What exactly happened in the house that night, no one can tell you. ... not even a psychic. San Diego Union-Tribune, "As jurors weigh execution for McStay murders, defense points to ‘lingering doubt’ of guilt," 20 June 2019 Still traumatized by the events of the classic 1980 film, Danny is battling a drinking problem and the emergence of strange, psychic powers. Variety, The Mercury News, "Watch the first trailer for ‘The Shining’ sequel ‘Doctor Sleep’," 13 June 2019 Your psychic intuition is heightened at this time as well. Randon Rosenbohm, Allure, "What May’s Scorpio Horoscope Predictions Mean for You," 30 Apr. 2019 Getty ImagesKristy Sparow Leven Rambin may be a little bit psychic. Amanda Mitchell, Marie Claire, "Leven Rambin May Be a Tiny Bit Psychic," 26 Sep. 2018 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

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Interactive stalls will be there, like psychic and tarot card readings, as well as traditional market vendors. oregonlive.com, "4 ways to celebrate the summer solstice in Portland," 20 June 2019 Wynn’s Baltimore neighborhood is a long-ago place of pipefitters and welders that has gentrified with boutique shops, cafes, a wellness center, psychic and Charm City Chocolate. Jeffrey Fleishman, latimes.com, "Transgender YouTube star ContraPoints tries to change alt-right minds," 12 June 2019 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

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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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