Definition of hylic in English:


Syllabification: hy·lic
Pronunciation: /ˈhīlik


  • Of matter; material. The opposite of psychic ( sense 2 of the adjective).
    More example sentences
    • To know and live by only one tradition is, by that very fact, to be exposed as hylic.
    • Further, it should be made clear that the anaphoric is the repetitive aspect of the poetic text while the hylic is its material specificity.
    • So Musashi died of his hylic self on the tree.


mid 19th century: via late Latin from Greek hulikos, from hulē 'matter'.

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