verb (used with object), psyched, psych·ing.
- psyche knot,
Origin of Psyche
verb (used with object) Informal.
Origin of psych1
Examples from the Web for psyche
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|DAILY BEAST
Hard-wired into the psyche of many is the idea that somehow time off is akin to sloth.Obama’s Extravagant Summer Break? More Like, America’s Vacation-Deficit Disorder|Clive Irving|August 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Goldhagen depicts it as being so deeply inculcated in the German psyche that it was almost as if they had no choice.Ron Rosenbaum on Hitler, Hollywood, and Quantifying Evil|William O’Connor|July 26, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any of that stuff is almost helpful, if only to your psyche.Jim Rash on ‘The Writers’ Room’ and the Future of ‘Community’|Kevin Fallon|April 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I had to lie abed for a month until my psyche began to knit and mend.Making Lincoln Sexy: Jerome Charyn’s Fictional President|Tom LeClair|March 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, as Psyche was, they were always sorry for it afterwards.Love and Lucy|Maurice Henry Hewlett
Psyche saw through his pretences, and knew that he was annoyed, and she hated to annoy him.The Laughing Mill and Other Stories|Julian Hawthorne
She rose up; she creaked; her splendour and pomp grated, and she glittered so, that Psyche was dazzled.Psyche|Louis Couperus
They looked at each other, and the glances of their eyes promised no good to Psyche.The Red Romance Book|Various
Ages older than the Psyche story, however, is the legend embodying the original Aryan myth.British Goblins|Wirt Sikes
Word Origin for psyche
Word Origin for psych
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.
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.
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.”
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.