Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A person apparently responsive to psychic forces.
  • adjective Of, relating to, affecting, or influenced by the human mind or psyche; mental.
  • adjective Capable of extraordinary mental processes, such as extrasensory perception and mental telepathy.
  • adjective Of or relating to such mental processes.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • 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.
  • noun A person specially susceptible of psychic impressions, or subject to psychic force; a medium; a sensitive.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Of or pertaining to the human soul, or to the living principle in man.
  • adjective Of or pertaining to the mind, or its functions and diseases; mental; -- contrasted with physical.
  • adjective (Med.) forms of nervous disease in which, while the senses of sight and hearing remain unimpaired, the mind fails to appreciate the significance of the sounds heard or the images seen.
  • adjective the transference of disease, especially of a functional nervous disease, by mere force of example.
  • adjective that department of medicine which treats of mental diseases.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun 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.
  • noun A person who supposedly contacts the dead. A medium.
  • noun Gnosticism In gnostic theologian Valentinus' triadic grouping of man the second type; a person focused on intellectual reality (the other two being hylic and pneumatic).
  • adjective Relating to the abilities of a psychic.

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

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

Etymologies

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

[From Greek psūkhikos, of the soul, from psūkhē, soul; see bhes- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

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    October 31, 2010