psychobabble

noun psy·cho·bab·ble \ ˈsī-kō-ˌba-bəl \

Definition of psychobabble

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

psychobabble

intransitive verb

psychobabbler

play \ˈsī-kō-ˌba-blər\ noun

Examples of psychobabble in a Sentence

  1. a popular book filled with the usual psychobabble

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First Known Use of psychobabble

1975

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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PSYCHOBABBLE Defined for English Language Learners

psychobabble

Definition of psychobabble for English Language Learners

  • : language that is used by people who talk about mental and emotional problems and that is seen as silly or meaningless : psychological jargon


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