psy·​cho·​bi·​og·​ra·​phy | \ ˌsī-kō-bī-ˈä-grə-fē How to pronounce psychobiography (audio) , -bē- \

Definition of psychobiography

: a biography written from a psychodynamic or psychoanalytic point of view also : the application of such a point of view to the writing of a biography

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Other Words from psychobiography

psychobiographer \ ˌsī-​kō-​bī-​ˈä-​grə-​fər How to pronounce psychobiography (audio) , -​bē-​ \ noun
psychobiographical \ ˌsī-​kō-​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgra-​fi-​kəl How to pronounce psychobiography (audio) , -​bē-​ \ adjective

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Recent Examples on the Web And so, duly catering to the market, the book is presented as a psychobiography of the author’s uncle, whose military academy class photo adorns the cover. Anne Diebel, The New York Review of Books, "Trumps on the Couch," 8 Sep. 2020 Esa-Pekka Salonen, in his stirring performance with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Thursday night at Symphony Center, treated it as a masterpiece of pure music, rather than as musical psychobiography. John Von Rhein,, "Review: Esa-Pekka Salonen leads the CSO in an eloquent Mahler Ninth Symphony," 18 May 2018 Some commentators attempted to bridge this gap by indulging in dubious psychobiography posing as criticism. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "The 10 best movies of 2017," 16 Dec. 2017 Such speculation makes psychobiography sound like little more than psychobabble. Jason Zinoman, New York Times, "Bob Dylan," 2 June 2017

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First Known Use of psychobiography

1885, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychobiography.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 May. 2021.

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psy·​cho·​bi·​og·​ra·​phy | \ -bī-ˈäg-rə-fē, -bē- How to pronounce psychobiography (audio) \
plural psychobiographies

Medical Definition of psychobiography

: a biography written from a psychodynamic or psychoanalytic point of view

Other Words from psychobiography

psychobiographical \ -​ˌbī-​ə-​ˈgraf-​i-​kəl How to pronounce psychobiography (audio) \ adjective

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