psychosexual

adjective

psy·​cho·​sex·​u·​al ˌsī-kō-ˈsek-shə-wəl How to pronounce psychosexual (audio)
-shwəl,
-shəl
1
: of or relating to the mental, emotional, and behavioral aspects of sexual development
2
: of or relating to mental or emotional attitudes concerning sexual activity
3
: of or relating to the physiological psychology of sex
psychosexually adverb

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web All this, plus a special surprise for fans of Alyssa Milano and/or psychosexual intrigue! Charles Bramesco, Vulture, 21 Jan. 2022 Joubert, 33, claimed the murders were the culmination of years of psychosexual fantasies. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, 20 Dec. 2022 Another ghost story — this one hailing from South Korea — A Tale of Two Sisters combines handsome filmmaking, intensely terrifying paranormal sequences, and psychosexual subtext that gives this twisty film the aura of a fairy tale. Katie Rife, EW.com, 2 Dec. 2022 Most recently, she was announced as the lead role in the psychosexual thriller Love Bomb. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, 4 Nov. 2022 The film’s genre-movie stylings, however, flatten these sociopolitical questions into psychosexual spectacles. Mark Olsenstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 4 Nov. 2022 The Soska Sisters horror directors, Jen and Sylvia Soska, have released a first look image for On The Edge, their psychosexual thriller that is set to have a world premiere at Frightfest Halloween. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 17 Oct. 2022 Even the granddaddy of psychosexual development theory got involved: near the beginning of his career, in 1876, Sigmund Freud dissected at least 400 eels in search of gonads. Christina Couch, Smithsonian Magazine, 26 Sep. 2022 Come for the social commentary but stay for the critique of heteronormativity’s psychosexual perversion. Lea Anderson, Men's Health, 29 Aug. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of psychosexual was in 1892

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Cite this Entry

“Psychosexual.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/psychosexual. Accessed 28 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

psychosexual

adjective
psy·​cho·​sex·​u·​al ˌsī-kō-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl How to pronounce psychosexual (audio)
1
: of or relating to the mental, emotional, and behavioral aspects of sexual development
2
: of or relating to mental or emotional attitudes concerning sexual activity
3
: of or relating to the psychophysiology of sex
psychosexually adverb
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