Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
  • n. See medium.
  • adj. Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental: psychic trauma; psychic energy.
  • adj. Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy.
  • adj. Of or relating to such mental processes.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who possesses, or appears to possess, extra-sensory abilities such as precognition, clairvoyance and telepathy, or who appears to be susceptible to paranormal or supernatural influence.
  • n. A person who supposedly contacts the dead. A medium.
  • n. In gnostic theologian Valentinus' triadic grouping of man the second type; a person focused on intellectual reality (the other two being hylic and pneumatic).
  • adj. Relating to the abilities of a psychic.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to the human soul, or to the living principle in man.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to the mind, or its functions and diseases; mental; -- contrasted with physical.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or belonging to the human soul or mind; mental; spiritual; psychological.
  • Pertaining to the science of mind: opposed to physical: as, psychic force.
  • Pertaining to the class of extraordinary and obscure phenomena, such as thought-reading, which are not ordinarily treated by psychologists: as, psychic research.
  • Pertaining to the lower soul, or animal principle, and not to the spirit, or higher soul.
  • n. A person specially susceptible of psychic impressions, or subject to psychic force; a medium; a sensitive.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. affecting or influenced by the human mind
  • n. a person apparently sensitive to things beyond the natural range of perception
  • adj. outside the sphere of physical science

Etymologies

From Greek psūkhikos, of the soul, from psūkhē, soul; see bhes- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek ψυχικός (psukhikos, "relative to the soul, spirit, mind"). Earlier referred to as "psychical"; or from Ancient Greek ψυχή (psukhē, "soul, mind, psyche"). First appeared (as substantive) 1871 and first records 1895. (Wiktionary)

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    October 31, 2010