psychobabble

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noun psy·cho·bab·ble \ˈsī-kō-ˌba-bəl\

Definition of psychobabble

  1. 1 :  a predominantly metaphorical language for expressing one's feelings

  2. 2a :  psychological jargonb :  trite or simplistic language derived from psychotherapy repeating the usual psychobabble about self-discovery — Mark Coleman

psychobabble

intransitive verb

psychobabbler

play \-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


PSYCHOBABBLE Defined for English Language Learners

psychobabble

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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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