Definition of psittacism in US English:

psittacism

noun

  • The mechanical repetition of previously received ideas or images, without true reasoning or feeling; repetition of words or phrases parrot-fashion; an instance of this.

Origin

Mid 19th century. From classical Latin psittacus or its etymon Hellenistic Greek ψιττακός parrot + -ism, after French psittacisme.

Pronunciation

psittacism

/ˈsɪtəsɪz(ə)m/