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psychohistory

[sahy-koh-his-tuh-ree, -his-tree]
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noun
  1. history or the writing of history employing the techniques of psychoanalysis to explore motivations, explain actions, etc.
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Origin of psychohistory

First recorded in 1930–35; psycho- + history
Related formspsy·cho·his·to·ri·an [sahy-koh-hi-stawr-ee-uh n, -stohr-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ hɪˈstɔr i ən, -ˈstoʊr-/, nounpsy·cho·his·tor·ic [sahy-koh-hi-stawr-ik, -stor-] /ˌsaɪ koʊ hɪˈstɔr ɪk, -ˈstɒr-/, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • I was remembering, and finally understanding, what my psycho-history lessons about the "Romantic Freeze" had meant.

    Lone Star Planet

    Henry Beam Piper and John Joseph McGuire


British Dictionary definitions for psycho-history

psychohistory

noun plural -ries
  1. biography based on psychological theories of personality development
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Word Origin and History for psycho-history

n.

1934, from psycho- + history.

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