psychobabble

[sahy-koh-bab-uh l]

noun

writing or talk using jargon from psychiatry or psychotherapy without particular accuracy or relevance.

Nearby words

  1. psychoanalyst,
  2. psychoanalytic,
  3. psychoanalytic psychiatry,
  4. psychoanalytic therapy,
  5. psychoanalyze,
  6. psychobilly,
  7. psychobiography,
  8. psychobiology,
  9. psychochemical,
  10. psychochemistry

Origin of psychobabble

psycho- + babble; popularized by a book of the same title (1977) by U.S. journalist Richard D. Rosen (born 1949)

Related formspsy·cho·bab·bler, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for psychobabble

psychobabble

noun

informal the jargon of psychology, esp as used and popularized in various types of psychotherapy
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Word Origin and History for psychobabble

psychobabble

n.

1976, from psycho- (representing psychology) + babble (n.). Earlier was psychologese (1961).

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Medicine definitions for psychobabble

psychobabble

[sīkō-băb′əl]

n.

Psychological jargon, especially that of psychotherapy.

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