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psyche

[sahyk] /saɪk/
verb (used with object), psyched, psyching.
1.
psych1 .

Psyche

[sahy-kee] /ˈsaɪ ki/
noun
1.
Classical Mythology. a personification of the soul, which in the form of a beautiful girl was loved by Eros.
2.
(lowercase) the human soul, spirit, or mind.
3.
(lowercase) Psychology, Psychoanalysis. the mental or psychological structure of a person, especially as a motive force.
4.
Neoplatonism. the second emanation of the One, regarded as a universal consciousness and as the animating principle of the world.
5.
a female given name.
Origin of Psyche
1650-1660
1650-60 for def 2; < Latin psȳchē < Greek psȳchḗ literally, breath, derivative of psȳ́chein to breathe, blow, hence, live (see psycho-)

psych1

or psyche

[sahyk] /saɪk/
verb (used with object), Informal.
1.
to intimidate or frighten psychologically, or make nervous (often followed by out):
to psych out the competition.
2.
to prepare psychologically to be in the right frame of mind or to give one's best (often followed by up):
to psych oneself up for an interview.
3.
to figure out psychologically; decipher (often followed by out):
to psych out a problem.
Origin
1915-20 in earlier sense “to subject to psychoanalysis”; originally a shortening of psychoanalyze; in later use (especially in defs. 1 and 2) perhaps independent use of psych-
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  • psyche approached it timidly, and presently found courage to enter.

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  • "And you know we shall be in mourning," said psyche to her brother.

    The Spenders Harry Leon Wilson
  • How freely psyche breathed, in the innocently white glowing fire!

    Psyche Louis Couperus
  • Of course this isn't all mine; it includes ma's and psyche's.

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  • The beautiful fable of the winged deity's love for psyche, is the most pleasing of those related of him.

British Dictionary definitions for psyche

psyche

/ˈsaɪkɪ/
noun
1.
the human mind or soul
Word Origin
C17: from Latin, from Greek psukhē breath, soul; related to Greek psukhein to breathe

Psyche

/ˈsaɪkɪ/
noun
1.
(Greek myth) a beautiful girl loved by Eros (Cupid), who became the personification of the soul

psych

/saɪk/
verb
1.
(transitive) (informal) to psychoanalyse See also psych out, psych up
Word Origin
C20: shortened from psychoanalyse
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Word Origin and History for psyche
n.

1640s, "animating spirit," from Latin psyche, from Greek psykhe "the soul, mind, spirit; breath; life, one's life, the invisible animating principle or entity which occupies and directs the physical body; understanding" (personified as Psykhe, the beloved of Eros), akin to psykhein "to blow, cool," from PIE root *bhes- "to blow, to breathe" (cf. Sanskrit bhas-), "Probably imitative" [Watkins].

Also in ancient Greek, "departed soul, spirit, ghost," and often represented symbolically as a butterfly or moth. The word had extensive sense development in Platonic philosophy and Jewish-influenced theological writing of St. Paul (cf. spirit (n.)). Meaning "human soul" is from 1650s. In English, psychological sense "mind," is attested by 1910.

psych

as a noun, short for psychology in various senses (e.g. as an academic study, in student slang by 1895). As a verb, first attested 1917 as "to subject to psychoanalysis," short for psychoanalyze. From 1934 as "to outsmart" (also psych out); from 1963 as "to unnerve." However to psych (oneself) up is from 1972; to be psyched up is attested from 1968.

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psyche in Medicine

psyche psy·che (sī'kē)
n.
The mind functioning as the center of thought, emotion, and behavior and consciously or unconsciously mediating the body's responses to the social and physical environment.

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psyche in Culture
Psyche [(seye-kee)]

In Roman mythology, a beautiful girl who was visited each night in the dark by Cupid, who told her she must not try to see him. When she did try, while he was asleep, she accidentally dropped oil from her lamp on him, and he awoke and fled. After she had performed many harsh tasks set by Cupid's mother, Venus, Jupiter made her immortal, and she and Cupid were married. Her name is Greek for both “soul” and “butterfly.”

psyche [(seye-kee)]

The mind, soul, or spirit, as opposed to the body. In psychology, the psyche is the center of thought, feeling, and motivation, consciously and unconsciously directing the body's reactions to its social and physical environment.

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Slang definitions & phrases for psyche

psych

modifier

Psychiatry; psychiatric: makes it down from the psych ward on the 15th floor (1940s+)

noun

Psychology, esp as an academic study (1895+ College students)

verb

  1. (also psych out) To outsmart another person: The bastards psyched me (1934+ College students)
  2. To sense or infer the motives, behavior, etc, of others; feel out a situation: an uncanny ability to ''psych out'' audiences and make them love her (1961+)
  3. To unnerve someone; cause someone to lose composure, will, skill, etc: He won't psych me as he did her (1960s+)
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Related Abbreviations for psyche

psych

psychoanalyze
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