psy·​cho·​bab·​ble | \ ˈsī-kō-ˌba-bəl How to pronounce psychobabble (audio) \

Definition of psychobabble

1 : a predominantly metaphorical language for expressing one's feelings
2a : psychological jargon
b : trite or simplistic language derived from psychotherapy repeating the usual psychobabble about self-discovery— Mark Coleman

Other Words from psychobabble

psychobabble intransitive verb
psychobabbler \ ˈsī-​kō-​ˌba-​blər How to pronounce psychobabble (audio) \ noun

Examples of psychobabble in a Sentence

a popular book filled with the usual psychobabble
Recent Examples on the Web The show is savvy enough to sense how easily human ache can fall prey to the manipulative language of certain practitioners, and how alluring psychobabble can be, in the right context. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 19 Aug. 2021 To the uninitiated, this might read like so much innocuous psychobabble. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, 8 Nov. 2020 The fetishistic horse business is merely a weird aesthetic choice that's explained away with a bit of perfunctory psychobabble. Katie Walsh,, 2 May 2018 Even taking the Super Bowl hangover psychobabble into account, this looks more like a mechanical problem than a mental one — for now. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, 19 Oct. 2017 Such speculation makes psychobiography sound like little more than psychobabble. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, 2 June 2017 As Elgafink, Bruiser’s sympathetic shrink, Kellie Spill gooses psychiatry and parodies psychobabble. Orange County Register, 9 Feb. 2017 So is the very way in which the teachers address one another, a psychobabble presumably born of workshops on treating students with sensitivity. Ben Brantley, New York Times, 9 Oct. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of psychobabble

1975, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Psychobabble.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jun. 2022.

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