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British Dictionary definitions for psychomachia


psychomachy (ˈsaɪkəʊməkɪ)

  1. conflict of the soul
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Word Origin

C17: from Late Latin psӯchomachia, title of a poem by Prudentius (about 400), from Greek psukhē spirit + makhē battle
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Historical Examples

  • Then conflict arises; the mediaeval Psychomachia awakes in Dante.

    The Mediaeval Mind (Volume II of II)

    Henry Osborn Taylor

  • Apparently following the Psychomachia of Prudentius, a Christian poet of the 5th century.