psy·​cho·​his·​to·​ry | \ ˈsī-kō-ˌhi-st(ə-)rē How to pronounce psychohistory (audio) \

Definition of psychohistory

: historical analysis or interpretation using psychological and psychoanalytic methods also : a work of history using such methods

Other Words from psychohistory

psychohistorian \ ˌsī-​kō-​(h)i-​ˈstȯr-​ē-​ən How to pronounce psychohistory (audio) , -​ˈstär-​ \ noun
psychohistorical \ ˌsī-​kō-​(h)i-​ˈstȯr-​i-​kəl How to pronounce psychohistory (audio) , -​ˈstär-​ \ adjective

Examples of psychohistory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Foundation confronts barbarian kingdoms, imperial revanchists, and shadowy telepaths who elude psychohistory’s grasp. Julian Lucas, The New Yorker, 1 Nov. 2021 By the end of the show’s second episode, just as psychohistory must have predicted, that fate comes to pass. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 29 Sep. 2021 Jared Harris plays Hari Seldon, a brilliant professor who develops the field of psychohistory. Jeff Ewing, Forbes, 24 Sep. 2021 The other aha moment was on the Prime Radiant, which is the device that calculates psychohistory for Hari Seldon, sort of like this Magic 8-Ball. Scott Huver, Variety, 24 Sep. 2021 Foundation tells the story of Hari Seldon and his followers, who use the futuristic science of psychohistory to plot their course through a galactic dark age and preserve scientific knowledge. WIRED, 2 Oct. 2020 Around the same time, the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov began his Foundation series of novels, premised on the idea of a science of psychohistory. James Gleick, The New York Review of Books, 22 Sep. 2020 The crime: applying psychohistory to predict the future—specifically, to predict a very bad future for the Galactic Empire. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, 22 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of psychohistory

1929, in the meaning defined above

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“Psychohistory.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Jun. 2022.

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