[sahy-koh-bab-uh l]


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

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for psychobabble

argot, jargon, buzzword, patter, self-help

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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

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

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psychobabble in Medicine




Psychological jargon, especially that of psychotherapy.
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