- of or noting a mental state characterized by a profound sense of intensified sensory perception, sometimes accompanied by severe perceptual distortion and hallucinations and by extreme feelings of either euphoria or despair.
- of, relating to, or noting any of various drugs producing this state, as LSD, mescaline, or psilocybin.
- resembling, characteristic of, or reproducing images, sounds, or the like, experienced while in such a state: psychedelic painting.
- a psychedelic drug.
- a person who uses such a substance.
Origin of psychedelic
Examples from the Web for psychedelic
Miller traces his irreverent and subversive streak to a psychedelic experience during the particularly sweltering summer of 1991.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy
December 27, 2014
Prior to her marriage, she joined a psychedelic rock band, Hopewell, and toured with the band through Europe for five years.The Sisterhood of Bulletproof Stockings: It’s Ladies’ Night for Hasidic Rockers
September 30, 2014
Then a little consortium of people in the psychedelic community—especially the most credentialed ones—presented their evidence.
The means and approval to research the psychedelic on humans is few and far between.
By the mid-1990s, Kinkade had become to the evangelical movement what Peter Max was to the psychedelic Sixties.The Drunken Downfall of Evangelical America's Favorite Painter
June 8, 2014
- relating to or denoting new or altered perceptions or sensory experiences, as through the use of hallucinogenic drugs
- denoting any of the drugs, esp LSD, that produce these effects
- informal (of painting, fabric design, etc) having the vivid colours and complex patterns popularly associated with the visual effects of psychedelic states
Word Origin and History for psychedelic
occasionally psychodelic, 1956, of drugs, suggested by British-born Canadian psychiatrist Humphry Osmond (1917-2004) in a letter to Aldous Huxley and used by Osmond in a scientific paper published the next year; from Greek psykhe- "mind" (see psyche) + deloun "make visible, reveal," from delos "visible, clear," from PIE root *dyeu- "to shine" (see diurnal). In popular use from 1965 with reference to anything producing effects similar to that of a psychedelic drug or enhancing the effects of such a drug. As a noun from 1956.
- Of, characterized by, or generating hallucinations, distortions of perception, altered states of awareness, and occasionally states resembling psychosis.
- A drug, such as LSD or mescaline, that produces such effects.