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psychobabble

[sahy-koh-bab-uh l] /ˈsaɪ koʊˌbæb əl/
noun
1.
writing or talk using jargon from psychiatry or psychotherapy without particular accuracy or relevance.
Origin
psycho- + babble; popularized by a book of the same title (1977) by U.S. journalist Richard D. Rosen (born 1949)
Related forms
psychobabbler, noun
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Examples from the web for psychobabble
  • There is a fair amount of psychobabble, but its still a good quick journey through a lot of history.
  • They also made sure that all the money to research this disease was either diverted or used for psychobabble.
  • So you are getting a lot of this psychobabble from the school about how tender these sixth, seventh and eighth grades are.
  • Legal, medical, clinical or plain-old psychobabble language doesn't make their definition any better.
British Dictionary definitions for psychobabble

psychobabble

/ˈsaɪkəʊˌbæbəl/
noun
1.
(informal) the jargon of psychology, esp as used and popularized in various types of psychotherapy
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Word Origin and History for psychobabble
n.

1976, from psycho- (representing psychology) + babble (n.). Earlier was psychologese (1961).

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psychobabble in Medicine

psychobabble psy·cho·bab·ble (sī'kō-bāb'əl)
n.
Psychological jargon, especially that of psychotherapy.

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Slang definitions & phrases for psychobabble

psychobabble

noun

Talk about self, feelings, motives, etc, esp in psychological jargon: His characters have absorbed the attitudes of post-1960s psychobabble, and tend to say things like ''Viet Nam is a reality warp'' (1976+)

verb

: ''If you want space,'' she tells a psycho-babbling boyfriend, ''go to Utah''


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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