plural noun

psy·​ops ˈsī-ˌäps How to pronounce psyops (audio)
often attributive
: military operations usually aimed at influencing the enemy's state of mind through noncombative means (such as distribution of leaflets)
also, psyop singular : a single such operation
: government use of a person or phenomenon to influence a population's opinions and attitudes
also, psyop singular : a person or thing so used

Examples of psyops in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Staggs knew him as Jason Hearns, who was released from the psyops program for being psychologically unfit. Sara Netzley,, 20 Sep. 2022

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Word History


psychological operations

First Known Use

1965, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of psyops was in 1965

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“Psyops.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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