psychohistory

[ sahy-koh-his-tuh-ree, -his-tree ]
/ ˌsaɪ koʊˈhɪs tə ri, -ˈhɪs tri /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM psychohistory

psy·cho·his·to·ri·an [sahy-koh-hi-stawr-ee-uhn, -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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Example sentences from the Web for psychohistory

  • 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 psychohistory

psychohistory
/ (ˌsaɪkəʊˈhɪstərɪ, -ˈhɪstrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

biography based on psychological theories of personality development
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