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


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

Nearby words

psychograph, psychographer, psychographic, psychographics, psychography, psychohistory, psychoimmunology, psychokinesis, psychol., psycholepsy, psycholinguistics

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


/ (ˌsaɪkəʊˈhɪstərɪ, -ˈhɪstrɪ) /

noun plural -ries

biography based on psychological theories of personality development
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