a variant of psych1.
Other definitions for Psyche (2 of 2)
Classical Mythology. a personification of the soul, which in the form of a beautiful girl was loved by Eros.
the human soul, spirit, or mind.
Psychology, Psychoanalysis. the mental or psychological structure of a person, especially as a motive force.
Philosophy. (in Neoplatonism) the second emanation of the One, regarded as a universal consciousness and as the animating principle of the world.
a female given name.
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How to use psyche in a sentence
He then provides some insight into his psyche - complete with Animal House reference.Huckabee 2016: Bend Over and Take It Like a Prisoner! | Olivia Nuzzi | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
The only thing these “tests” reveal is a window into the foolish psyche of whomever applies them.Ex-NFL Linebacker: We Talk Around Race, Not About It | Carl Banks | October 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
The human psyche takes images as direction, and it affects people and makes them violent.Quincy Jones Talks Chicago’s Mean Streets, Why Kanye West Is No Michael Jackson, and Bieber | Marlow Stern | September 25, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And large breasts play an out-sized role in the Venezuelan national psyche.Venezuela Now Has Toilet Paper but No Breast Implants | Jason Batansky | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Love them or hate them, breast implants play an outsized role in the Venezuelan national psyche.Venezuela Now Has Toilet Paper but No Breast Implants | Jason Batansky | September 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
So she wore her crimson homespun and her bonnet, with her bronze-gold hair gathered under it in the same old psyche knot.The Trail of the Lonesome Pine | John Fox, Jr.
So we see psyche borne aloft by Zephyr through the twilight to the nuptial abode of Eros.The History of Modern Painting, Volume 1 (of 4) | Richard Muther
It seems to be the same termed psuke or psyche by the Greeks.Scarabs | Isaac Myer
One gives the name "psyche" to a very small butterfly which flutters out rather clumsily in the morning; it is the male.The Natural Philosophy of Love | Remy de Gourmont
psyche was frightened by the terrible cries and the wretched dark faces of the souls in Hades.'Round the Year in Myth and Song | Florence Holbrook
British Dictionary definitions for psyche (1 of 2)
the human mind or soul
British Dictionary definitions for Psyche (2 of 2)
Greek myth a beautiful girl loved by Eros (Cupid), who became the personification of the soul
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Cultural definitions for psyche (1 of 2)
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.
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.”
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