Definition of psychohistory in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌsīkōˈhistərē/

noun (plural psychohistories)

1The interpretation of historical events with the aid of psychological theory.
Example sentences
  • I eagerly await Seidman's analysis of Asimov's psychohistory in terms of ‘pseudoscience ‘and ‘anti-science.’
  • The lead in historical work on globalization is taken by specialists in international relations spiced by imaginative mavericks from fields like the history of science and even psychohistory.
  • Like many disciplines, history stays alive through novelty spins, Romantic History, psychohistory, the school of the annales and oral history.
1.1A work that interprets historical events with the aid of psychological theory: modern writers often substitute psychohistory for biography
1.2A psychological history of an individual.
Example sentences
  • He wrote several "psychohistories" explaining how people like Martin Luther and Mahatma Gandhi were able to think and act the way they did.
  • Nixon and Kennedy, both Presidents with dominant fathers had significant leadership flaws as their psychohistories explain.



Pronunciation: /ˌsīkō(h)iˈstôrēən/
Example sentences
  • After reading Isaac Asimov's classic ‘Foundation ‘novels, he nurtured a secret desire to be one of Asimov's ‘psychohistorians ‘- futuristic social scientists who could predict the course of human history.’
  • Even psychohistorians have discovered the Empire: a recent call for papers was made on the subject of ‘America as an Imperial Power?’
  • All along Ariadne is, even with her transformation into a psychohistorian and mathematical physicist, a particular interactive finite body, a particular finite system of ideas.


Pronunciation: /ˌsīkō(h)iˈstôrikəl/
Example sentences
  • Periodically, this Foundation would face a Seldon Event, a psychohistorical crisis, in which a threat to its existence which would constrain the nascent second empire to follow a single, pre-determined, path.
  • Fortunately there is, besides psychohistorical knowledge and mathematical physics, yet another knowledge - scientia intuitiva - which combines the other two in a single active act of understanding.
  • There was even psychohistorical analysis of a certain meeting in 1938, explaining how Hitler's superior mind reading skills led to devastating international conflict.

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Syllabification: psy·cho·his·to·ry

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