psych

1 [sahyk]
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.
Also, psyche.


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

[sahyk]
verb (used with object), psyched, psyching.
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psych or psyche (saɪk)
 
vb
informal (tr) psych out See also psych up to psychoanalyse
 
[C20: shortened from psychoanalyse]
 
psyche or psyche
 
vb
 
[C20: shortened from psychoanalyse]

psyche (ˈsaɪkɪ)
 
n
the human mind or soul
 
[C17: from Latin, from Greek psukhē breath, soul; related to Greek psukhein to breathe]

Psyche (ˈsaɪkɪ)
 
n
Greek myth a beautiful girl loved by Eros (Cupid), who became the personification of the soul

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psych
short for psychology in various senses; as an academic study, in student slang by 1895. The verb is generally negative when used transitively, positive when intransitive; first attested (also psych out) 1934 as "to outsmart," from 1963 as "to unnerve." However to psych (oneself) up is from 1972; to be
psyched up is attested from 1968.

psyche
1647, "animating spirit," from L. psyche, from Gk. psykhe "the soul, mind, spirit, breath, life, the invisible animating principle or entity which occupies and directs the physical body" (personified as Psykhe, the lover of Eros), akin to psykhein "to blow, cool," from PIE base *bhes- "to blow" (cf.
Skt. bhas-). The word had extensive sense development in Platonic philosophy and Jewish-infl. theological writing of St. Paul. In Eng., psychological sense is from 1910.
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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 [(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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Abbreviations & Acronyms
psych
psychoanalyze
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Even if it's not true that every gadget needs the touch, manufacturers have psyched themselves out into believing this is so.
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