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

Examples of psychosexual in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Jackson will next be seen on screen in the TV reimagining of Fatal Attraction at Paramount+, based on the 1987 psychosexual thriller film that starred Michael Douglas and Glenn Close. Lauren Huff, EW.com, 13 Mar. 2023 The effect on cognitive and psychosexual development remains unknown. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 11 Apr. 2024 Saltburn reigned supreme as the most polarizing film of the year, with some (including EW) hailing it as a perverse psychosexual thriller and others deriding its outré storytelling. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, 4 Mar. 2024 And in the psychosexual folie à deux between Vernham and Zubak, there’s a canny use of infatuation as a metaphor for a cult of personality. Alison Herman, Variety, 3 Mar. 2024 Oscar winner Emerald Fennell's latest movie, the psychosexual dark comedic thriller Saltburn — starring Barry Keoghan, Jacob Elordi, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant, and more — expands nationwide this week after opening in select theaters last weekend. EW.com, 20 Nov. 2023 The doctor referred Rowan to a psychosexual therapist. Allison Parshall, Scientific American, 14 Dec. 2023 Fatal Attraction, a reboot of the Glenn Close and Michael Douglas psychosexual thriller, starred Lizzy Caplan and Joshua Jackson and was produced in-house by Paramount Television Studios. Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Oct. 2023 But the teen-hospice setting limits Flanagan and co-creator Leah Fong’s ability to capitalize on some of his previous shows’ greatest strengths, from rampant psychosexual intrigue to an excellent troupe of adult actors that included Carla Gugino, Kate Siegel, and Victoria Pedretti. TIME, 12 Oct. 2023

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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 16 Jun. 2024.

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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