Definition of psychic in English:



  • 1Relating to or denoting faculties or phenomena that are apparently inexplicable by natural laws, especially involving telepathy or clairvoyance.

    ‘psychic powers’
    and → psychism
    • ‘I have only recently begun to explore my psychic side, but have been strong in the areas of psychic dreams and clairvoyance.’
    • ‘Clairvoyance is an alleged psychic ability to see things beyond the range of the power of vision.’
    • ‘I had numerous talks with my father about psychic phenomena, the nature of the Divine, and other philosophical subjects.’
    • ‘She was going to rely on the psychic link that they appeared to have at times; the one they were discussing earlier when Colt had kissed her for the first time.’
    • ‘Peter left the session disappointed with my unwillingness to believe in the psychic explanations for phenomena that he experiences.’
    • ‘The police have much to learn about the relative value of psychic phenomena in criminal investigations.’
    • ‘Precognition falls under the category of psychic phenomena, which is a subset of the paranormal.’
    • ‘Any other form of remote viewing can best be termed, he says, as a psychic experience or clairvoyance.’
    • ‘There are many ideas and traditions about psychic phenomena that have been regarded as superstitions.’
    • ‘When a person has a traumatic experience it produces traumatic psychic energy.’
    • ‘He also reported cases that suggest that experiences interpreted as ESP or other types of psychic phenomena can have the same effects.’
    • ‘Parapsychology has distinguished itself by objective study of psychic phenomena.’
    • ‘The study of psychic phenomena dictated the need to define the concept of the information-energy field.’
    • ‘Despite the amazing array of physical and psychic phenomenon Julia struggled to acknowledge that it was a reality, as she comments.’
    • ‘David has recently written a book on psychic phenomena from the standpoint of suspicious skeptic of the supernatural.’
    • ‘A number of your films contain the theme or subject of psychic phenomena as well as witchcraft and magic or what you might term occult subjects.’
    • ‘Scientists are rarely trained as magicians and have often been conned by demonstrators of psychic phenomena.’
    • ‘Apparently not even psychic powers help rivalrous siblings connect with each other in adulthood.’
    • ‘Even from a young age, I have always believed in the possibility of the paranormal, and of psychic powers.’
    • ‘Religious reasoning explains in part why this author postulates we should not induce nor develop psychic phenomena.’
    clairvoyant, telepathic, telekinetic, spiritualistic, with second sight, with a sixth sense
    supernatural, paranormal, other-worldly, supernormal, preternatural, metaphysical, extrasensory, transcendental, magic, magical, mystical, mystic, occult
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    1. 1.1(of a person) appearing or considered to have powers of telepathy or clairvoyance.
      ‘I could sense it—I must be psychic’
      • ‘There are thousands of people every day thinking they must be psychic. But, did you know that being psychic is more than giving a reading?’
      • ‘If it's an experiment, you might want to start by inviting people to read your mind - or whatever - and establish a success rate among a few individuals who appear to be psychic enough to get in.’
      • ‘From there, several different people entered and exited the room, all claiming to be psychic and telepathic and telekinetic amongst other things.’
      • ‘I mean, she must be psychic, right? How can she know this about me? How could she know about that girl/guy that broke my heart if she's not psychic?’
      • ‘He's psychic, reading people's minds and believing he's communicating with the dead.’
      • ‘After this experience Dannion became quite psychic, which was witnessed by others.’
      non-material, inner, psychical, psychological
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  • 2Relating to the soul or mind.

    ‘he dulled his psychic pain with gin’
    • ‘According to the old syllabus for our sentimental education, psychic pain is part of the material that must be mastered for human growth to take place.’
    • ‘Fear, anger, psychic pain, and sadness are some of the emotional issues we probably stuffed down as kids.’
    • ‘In the West, the target of cruelty centuries ago shifted from the body to the soul, to psychic pain - but the morality behind the practice remains.’
    • ‘Long, long ago these deities had consumed their worshippers unto extinction for the psychic sustenance their dying souls provided.’
    • ‘On the other hand, for all the psychic pain he pours into his songs, Johnston is a generous spirit.’
    emotional, spiritual, inner
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  • 3Bridge
    Denoting a bid that deliberately misrepresents the bidder's hand, in order to mislead the opponents.


  • 1A person considered or claiming to have psychic powers; a medium.

    • ‘Phony faith healers, psychics, channelers, televangelist miracle workers, etc., are as abundant as ever.’
    • ‘These and other techniques help convince the credulous that pet psychics have telepathic or clairvoyant or other powers.’
    • ‘Also, because readings involve energy flow and transfer between two people, not all psychics are compatible with all clients.’
    • ‘He categorized the patterns as engineers, psychics, healers, millionaires, and remote viewers.’
    • ‘Or think of the pet psychic who claims she can read your dog's mind by looking at a photo of the dog.’
    • ‘No psychic has ever demonstrated mediumship under laboratory conditions.’
    • ‘It's reasonable to suppose that good psychics, like good hitters in baseball, succeed only a modest fraction of the time.’
    • ‘Did the public or the press learn to be more skeptical of the claims of alleged psychics?’
    • ‘Finally, some cops use psychics, or even pretend to be psychic, to psych out superstitious suspects.’
    • ‘The third woman on his list, Carmen, is a psychic who claims to communicate with animals.’
    • ‘She's a Tarot reader, a psychic in training, a crystal healer and an amateur witch.’
    • ‘Alan Vaughan was a psychic who claimed, among other wonders, to have prophetic dreams.’
    • ‘On March 3rd, the Danish National Radio had a half-hour show about police use of psychics.’
    • ‘White light protection is a method used by many spiritualists and psychics.’
    • ‘Psychics aren't overly worried about other psychics reading their minds and revealing their innermost secrets to the world.’
    • ‘No psychic, despite their claims, has ever helped the police solve a crime.’
    • ‘This is true of mediums / psychics and clairvoyants, gifted people who can see beyond and make contact with the other world.’
    • ‘Selection bias partly explains why there are so many satisfied customers who go to psychics, tarot card readers, palmists, and faith healers.’
    • ‘It's possible to believe in psychics, homeopathy, God, dowsing, reincarnation and probably much else besides.’
    • ‘I have had a few very horrible experiences with psychics where they manipulated me by fear and then took my money.’
    clairvoyant, fortune teller, prophet, seer, soothsayer, forecaster of the future, crystal gazer, astrologer, prognosticator, prophesier, oracle, augur, sibyl, cassandra, mind reader, palmist, palm reader, chiromancer, medium, telepathist, spiritualist, spiritist
    necromancer, chirosophist, palmister
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    1. 1.1[treated as singular or plural]The study of psychic phenomena.
      • ‘Embarrassingly, various ladies in my family continue to cling to a belief in psychics, guardian angels, and other such bunk.’
      • ‘Somehow they managed to take a super cool topic and ruin it with a bunch of math and psychics.’


Early 19th century: from Greek psukhikos (see psyche).