[sahy-koh-his-tuh-ree, -his-tree]


history or the writing of history employing the techniques of psychoanalysis to explore motivations, explain actions, etc.

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

British Dictionary definitions for psychohistory


noun plural -ries

biography based on psychological theories of personality development
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