From Ancient Greek ψυχικός (psukhikós, “relative to the soul, spirit, mind”). Earlier referred to as "psychical"; or from Ancient Greek ψυχή (psukhḗ, “soul, mind, psyche”). First appeared (as substantive) 1871 and first records 1895.
psychic (plural psychics)
- A person who possesses, or appears to possess, extra-sensory abilities such as precognition, clairvoyance and telepathy, or who appears to be susceptible to paranormal or supernatural influences.
- (parapsychology) A person who supposedly contacts the dead; a medium.
- (Gnosticism) In gnostic theologian Valentinus' triadic grouping of man the second type; a person focused on intellectual reality (the other two being hylic and pneumatic).
person focused on intellectual reality (Gnosticism)
psychic (comparative more psychic, superlative most psychic)
- Relating to or having the abilities of a psychic.
You must be psychic—I was just about to say that.
She is a psychic person—she hears messages from beyond.
1925 July – 1926 May, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “(please specify the chapter number)”, in The Land of Mist (eBook no. 0601351h.html), Australia: Project Gutenberg Australia, published April 2019:
Having exhausted the sporting adventures of this terrestrial globe, he is now turning to those of the dim, dark and dubious regions of psychic research.
- Relating to the psyche or mind, or to mental activity in general.
1913, Abraham Brill, transl., The Interpretation of Dreams, translation of original by Sigmund Freud:
In the following pages I shall demonstrate that there is a psychological technique which makes it possible to interpret dreams, and that on the application of this technique every dream will reveal itself as a psychological structure, full of significance, and one which may be assigned to a specific place in the psychic activities of the waking state.
1967, R. D. Laing, The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise:
A pathological process called 'psychiatrosis' may well be found, by the same methods, to be a delineable entity, with somatic correlates, and psychic mechanisms […]
relating to the abilities of a psychic
- Belarusian: псыхі́чны (psyxíčny), душэ́ўны (be) (dušéŭny)
- Bulgarian: психичен (psihičen)
- Finnish: psyykkinen (fi)
- Hungarian: paranormális (hu), természetfeletti (hu), telepatikus (hu), látnoki (hu), okkult (hu), para- (hu), mágikus (hu), parafenomenális, paraképességgel rendelkező, médiumadottságokkal bíró
- Japanese: (please verify) 霊媒 (ja) (れいばい, reibai)
- Macedonian: пси́хички (psíhički), ду́шевен (dúševen)
- Maori: whaiwhaiā
- Bokmål: synsk
- Polish: psychiczny (pl), metapsychiczny, (slang) mediumiczny, (slang) mediumistyczny
- Portuguese: parapsíquico, psíquico (pt)
- Russian: телепати́ческий (ru) (telepatíčeskij), экстрасенсо́рный (ru) (ɛxtrasɛnsórnyj)
- Swedish: synsk (sv)
- Ukrainian: психі́чний (psyxíčnyj), душе́вний (dušévnyj)