psy·​cho·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈsek-shə-wəl How to pronounce psychosexual (audio) , -shwəl, -shəl\

Definition of psychosexual

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

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Other Words from psychosexual

psychosexually adverb

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In order to feel something, anything, Roman begins a psychosexual liaison with the company’s longtime general counsel, Gerri (J. Smith-Cameron), who is twice his age. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "How Succession Skewers the Rich," 9 Sep. 2019 McHenry pointed to a psychosexual evaluation of Mandish, which suggested he’s not likely to reoffend., "Gaston man who downloaded child pornography sentenced to 8 years in federal prison," 9 Aug. 2019 As the Moorish general in the Venetian army who marries Desdemona, the white pearl of that society’s aristocracy, Michael Blake establishes the psychosexual drama from the start. New York Times, "At the Stratford Festival, Sexual Power and Paranoia," 22 July 2019 As an actor working during the turbulent psychosexual introspection of ‘70s-era Hollywood, Reynolds embodied the image of the red-blooded American male. Aja Romano, Vox, "Burt Reynolds, ’70s icon and movie star, is dead at 82," 6 Sep. 2018 Soon local bands spotted his postings and asked him to make music videos, charmed by the way the low-tech look of his cartoons heightened the perversity of his adult-only psychosexual dramas. Barbara Pollack, New York Times, "Hong Kong’s Youth Culture, Captured in Disturbing Animations," 18 May 2018 Along with the relentless psychosexual drama, Ozon infuses the film with inventive, terrifying, and occasionally transcendent camera work that recalls some Gallic admixture of Hitchcock and Michael Haneke. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Double Lover’s Marine Vacth on Her Provocative New Thriller, Our #MeToo Moment, And Starring in the Most French Film of the Year," 14 Feb. 2018 The mouse sprinting through this dizzying psychosexual labyrinth is Chloé Fortin (Marine Vacth), a dark-haired 25-year-old beauty with a sad, haunted stare and a history of abdominal pains. Justin Chang,, "François Ozon's psychosexual thriller 'Double Lover' is a twisty, trashy delight," 14 Feb. 2018 The story of one murder eventually opens up to include other potential homicides, cases of mistaken identity, childhood trauma, incomplete physical evidence, complex psychosexual personality quirks, and the vagaries of memory and fantasy itself. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "Shall we play a game? WarGames gets interactive reboot from Her Story dev," 6 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of psychosexual

1892, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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psy·​cho·​sex·​u·​al | \ ˌsī-kō-ˈseksh-(ə-)wəl, -ˈsek-shəl How to pronounce psychosexual (audio) \

Medical Definition of psychosexual

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

Other Words from psychosexual

psychosexually \ -​ē How to pronounce psychosexually (audio) \ adverb

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