psychologize

verb

psy·​chol·​o·​gize sī-ˈkä-lə-ˌjīz How to pronounce psychologize (audio)
psychologized; psychologizing

intransitive verb

: to speculate in psychological terms or on psychological motivations

transitive verb

: to explain or interpret in psychological terms

Examples of psychologize in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of them disproportionately affect women, and are subject to medicine’s long-standing tendency to minimize or psychologize women’s pain, Pollack told me: An average woman with Ehlers-Danlos syndrome typically spends 16 years getting a diagnosis, while a man needs only four. Ed Yong, The Atlantic, 26 Sep. 2022 As often as not, his portraits suppress our impulse to psychologize by showing their subjects dead-eyed or asleep. Sebastian Smee, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1810, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense

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The first known use of psychologize was in 1810

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“Psychologize.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychologize. Accessed 14 Apr. 2024.

Medical Definition

psychologize

verb
psy·​chol·​o·​gize
variants also British psychologise
psychologized also British psychologised; psychologizing also British psychologising

transitive verb

: to explain or interpret in psychological terms

intransitive verb

: to speculate in psychological terms or upon psychological motivations
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