AskDefine | Define psyche

Dictionary Definition



1 that which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason; "his mind wandered"; "I couldn't get his words out of my head" [syn: mind, head, brain, nous]
2 the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life [syn: soul]
3 (Greek mythology) a beautiful princess loved by Cupid who visited her at night and told her she must not try to see him; became the personification of the soul

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see Psyche


Etymology 1

From psychē < ψυχή "soul, breath"


  • IPA: /ˈsaɪki/ (noun)


  1. The human soul, mind, or spirit.


Etymology 2

Shortened form of psychology < psychologie < psychologia < (psuchē) "soul" and (-logia) "study of"

Alternative spellings





  1. Used abruptly after a sentence to indicate that the speaker is only joking.


  1. To put (someone) into a required psychological frame of mind.
  2. To intimidate (someone) emotionally using psychology.
  3. To treat (someone) using psychoanalysis.



Transliteration of ψυχή "soul, breath"


  1. mind
  2. spirit


Extensive Definition

Psyche may refer to:

Scientific journals

  • [[Psych">

See also

  • [[Psych, a television program airing on USA Network, starring James Roday
  • Psychidae, the bagworm moths
psyche in German: Psyche
psyche in French: Psyché
psyche in Italian: Psiche (disambigua)
psyche in Dutch: Psyche
psyche in Japanese: プシュケ
psyche in Russian: Психея (значения)
psyche in Simple English: Psyche
psyche in Serbian: Психа

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

Vernunft, anima, anima humana, animus, atman, ba, brain, brains, breath, breath of life, buddhi, coconscious, collective unconscious, conception, conscience, conscious self, death instinct, discourse of reason, discursive reason, divine breath, divine spark, ego, ego ideal, ego-id conflict, elan vital, esprit, ethical self, foreconscious, gray matter, head, headpiece, heart, id, inner man, intellect, intellection, intellectual faculty, intelligence, jiva, jivatma, khu, libidinal energy, libido, manes, mens, mental capacity, mentality, mind, motive force, nephesh, nous, persona, personality, pleasure principle, pneuma, power of reason, preconscious, primitive self, psychic apparatus, purusha, racial unconscious, ratio, rationality, reason, reasoning, reasoning faculty, ruach, self, shade, shadow, smarts, soul, spirit, spiritual being, spiritus, subconscious, subconscious mind, subliminal, subliminal self, submerged mind, superego, the self, unconscious, unconscious mind, understanding, vital force, vital impulse
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