Origin of psycho
Other definitions for psycho (2 of 2)
Origin of psycho-
WORDS THAT USE PSYCHO-
What does psycho- mean?
Psycho– is a combining form used like a prefix meaning either “psyche” or “psychological.” Psyche denotes “the human soul, spirit, or mind,” while psychological is a related yet distinct term that means “pertaining to psychology, the science of the mind or of mental states.” Psycho– is often used in medical and technical terms, especially in psychology.
Psycho– comes from Greek psȳchḗ, meaning “breath, spirit, soul, mind.” For more on the meaning of this word in Ancient Greek mythology, read our entry for psyche. The word psyche is at the root of the term psychedelic, which refers to the effect of hallucinogenic drugs.
What are variants of psycho-?
Examples of psycho-
An example of a word you may have encountered that features psycho– is psychopathy, “a mental disorder in which an individual manifests amoral and antisocial behavior, lack of ability to love or establish meaningful personal relationships, extreme egocentricity, failure to learn from experience, etc.”
While psycho– means “psyche,” the –pathy portion of the word refers to “disease,” from Greek pátheia, meaning “suffering.” Psychopathy literally means “disease of the psyche (mind).”
What are some words that use the combining form psycho-?
- psychoanalysis (using the equivalent form of psycho– in German)
- psychodiagnosis (using the equivalent form of psycho– in Latin)
- psychogenesis (using the equivalent form of psycho– in Latin)
- psychology (using the equivalent form of psycho– in Latin)
- psychomachia (using the equivalent form of psycho– in Latin)
- psychopomp (using the equivalent form of psycho– in Greek)
What are some other forms that psycho– may be commonly confused with?
How to use psycho in a sentence
When, in succession, he made Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), Psycho (1960), and The Birds (1963).
In Psycho a psychiatrist (the young Simon Oakland) tells us in clinical terms what we've seen.
To bolster my case I told him we should actually call it Pursuito, like Vertigo or Psycho.
He is the author of Broken Glass, Memoirs of a Porcupine, and African Psycho, among others.
Because there was plenty more psycho and much more drama on the way.Hell Hath No Fury Like Valerie Trierweiler, the French President’s Ex|Lizzie Crocker|November 28, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But there is a wide gulf between that and concluding that all psycho-biological phenomena are hallucinations.Urania|Camille Flammarion
That caution about 'heightened psycho-physiological effects,' that we were never able to understand!
We want to work out a substitute for Beta that will keep the flavor of the drink without the psycho-physiological effects.
When Dr. Martin first introduced him into the psycho-recovery room his resolution almost vanished.The Memory of Mars|Raymond F. Jones
If we are to do our work properly, we must base it completely upon modern psycho physical fundamentals.Criminal Psychology|Hans Gross