Definition of psychic in English:

psychic

Syllabification: psy·chic
Pronunciation: /ˈsīkik
 
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adjective

1Relating to or denoting faculties or phenomena that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, especially involving telepathy or clairvoyance: psychic powers
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  • Any other form of remote viewing can best be termed, he says, as a psychic experience or clairvoyance.
  • He also reported cases that suggest that experiences interpreted as ESP or other types of psychic phenomena can have the same effects.
  • Parapsychology has distinguished itself by objective study of psychic phenomena.
Synonyms
supernatural, paranormal, otherworldly, supernormal, preternatural, metaphysical, extrasensory, magic, magical, mystical, mystic, occultclairvoyant, telepathic, having second sight, having a sixth sense
1.1(Of a person) appearing or considered to have powers of telepathy or clairvoyance: I could sense it—I must be psychic
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  • If it's an experiment, you might want to start by inviting people to read your mind - or whatever - and establish a success rate among a few individuals who appear to be psychic enough to get in.
  • After this experience Dannion became quite psychic, which was witnessed by others.
  • From there, several different people entered and exited the room, all claiming to be psychic and telepathic and telekinetic amongst other things.
2Of or relating to the soul or mind: he dulled his psychic pain with gin
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  • In the West, the target of cruelty centuries ago shifted from the body to the soul, to psychic pain - but the morality behind the practice remains.
  • According to the old syllabus for our sentimental education, psychic pain is part of the material that must be mastered for human growth to take place.
  • Long, long ago these deities had consumed their worshippers unto extinction for the psychic sustenance their dying souls provided.
Synonyms
3 Bridge Denoting a bid that deliberately misrepresents the bidder’s hand, in order to mislead the opponents.

noun

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1A person considered or claiming to have psychic powers; a medium.
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  • Alan Vaughan was a psychic who claimed, among other wonders, to have prophetic dreams.
  • No psychic, despite their claims, has ever helped the police solve a crime.
  • Or think of the pet psychic who claims she can read your dog's mind by looking at a photo of the dog.
Synonyms
1.1 (psychics) [treated as singular or plural] The study of psychic phenomena.
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  • Somehow they managed to take a super cool topic and ruin it with a bunch of math and psychics.
  • Embarrassingly, various ladies in my family continue to cling to a belief in psychics, guardian angels, and other such bunk.

Origin

early 19th century: from Greek psukhikos (see psyche1).

Derivatives

psychical

Pronunciation: /ˈsīkikəl/
adjective
sense 1 of the adjective.
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  • Mesmerists, spiritualists and psychical researchers alike maintained that there is a specific state of mystical trance that initiates persons into the experiential source of all true religious awareness.
  • I would like to, as it were, reincarnate the spirit of psychical research in parapsychology, and I would like to give heart to those who have these interests and motivations: You are not alone.
  • That is why future servicemen should not be ‘drilled’ but should be given systematic training with the utmost exertion of mental, psychical and physical powers.

psychically

Pronunciation: /ˈsīkik(ə)lē/
adverb
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  • Such a view ignores the extent to which intellectuals and politicians feed psychically on one another's approval.
  • I was confronted with teachers I psychically sensed didn't believe what they were teaching.
  • Conflicting emotions were brought up in the process, and we used our counseling skills to work through these and find ways to transform them, both visually and psychically.

psychism

Pronunciation: /ˈsīˌkizəm/
noun
sense 1 of the adjective.
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  • Also, as discussed earlier, psychism theory predicts that psychism reduces conformist beliefs and communal practices, and increases moral autonomy.
  • On the other hand, intrusions defined as psychism are interpreted as messages from the spirit world that have accompanying moral imperatives, or as ‘proof’ of extrasensory perceptions or other esoteric beliefs.
  • Ultimately, because moral autonomy is not compatible with commitment to religious organizations, people who experience high levels of psychism should also have lower levels of participation in communal religious practices.

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