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

  • n. The subculture associated with psychedelic drugs.

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  • n. The subculture associated with those who take psychedelic drugs

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  • n. the subculture of users of psychedelic drugs


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  • A total freak of a song, and so soused in psychedelia it's a surprise to find it was made in 1977.

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  • When applied to music, the word psychedelia immediately brings to mind not only the 60s, but a certain sound represented by pioneering albums like the Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely


  • The newest single on FW&A is dubbed "Happening" and opens with repetitious yet lush and solitary dream-like chords which recall the psychedelia of the Beatles '"Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds".

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  • Zen serenity rides shotgun with plastic Americana, in a post-modernist (and signature 'psychedelia') "union of incongruity."

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  • In several nods to the era, other songs are performed with a backdrop of kaleidoscopic psychedelia which is so outrageous that you’d half expect to see Keir Dullea chasing a monolith across the screen.

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  • Most of the best of these local favorites can't completely escape the psychedelia that must still flow through the water 40 years after the Summer of Love.

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  • Add the groovy psychedelia of late 1967, before the trend went sour.

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  • The sound of Beach House owes a good deal to old '60s Canterbury psychedelia and several spacey, hazy variants that came to follow.

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  • Hsiung's strikingly colorful paintings are infused with a popular culture aesthetic ranging from sci-fi movies and television shows to album covers and even 1960s psychedelia.

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  • The first backwards-tracked vocal on "Rain," a still-underrated classic whose revolutionary noise and beats paved the way for psychedelia and trip-hop, and helped invent MTV.

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