psyche

Definitions

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  • WordNet 3.6
    • n psyche 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"
    • n Psyche (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
    • n psyche the immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Psyche A cheval glass.
    • Psyche (Class Myth) A lovely maiden, daughter of a king and mistress of Eros, or Cupid. She is regarded as the personification of the soul.
    • Psyche The soul; the vital principle; the mind.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n psyche In classical mythology, the personified and deified soul or spirit, the beloved of Eros, by whom she was alternately caressed and tormented. She was considered as a fair young girl, often with the wings of a butterfly, and the butterfly was her symbol.
    • n psyche [lowercase] The human soul or spirit or mind.
    • n psyche The 16th planetoid, discovered by De Gasparis at Naples in 1852.
    • n psyche In zoology: In entomology, a genus of bombycid moths, erected by Schrank in 1801 (after Linnæus, 1735), and typical of the family Psychidæ. They have wingless females, and males with wings which scarcely reach beyond the tip of the abdomen. About 70 species are known, nearly all of which are European, one belonging to Australia and one to Ceylon.
    • n psyche In conchology, a genus of gymnosomatous pteropods of the family Eurybiidæ. Also called Halopsyche.
    • n psyche [lowercase] In anatomy, the cerebrospinal nervous system: in Haeckel's vocabulary applied to the brain and spinal cord as the physiological center of the nervous system, in the activities of which he supposed the soul or spirit to subsist. In this use of the term, the psyche is divided into protopsyche (forebrain), deutopsyche ('tween-brain), mesopsyche (midbrain), metapsyche (hindbrain), epipsyche (afterbrain, or medulla oblongata), and notopsyche (the spinal cord).
    • n psyche [lowercase] A large mirror, in which the whole person can be seen, usually hung on pivots at the sides, the whole being supported in a movable frame.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Psyche the personified soul or spirit: the human soul or spirit or mind: a genus of bombycid moths: a cheval-glass
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Quotations

  • Steve Cauthen
    Steve Cauthen
    “I don't psyche myself up. I psyche myself down. I think clearer when I'm not psyched up.”
  • Chris O'Donnell
    Chris O'Donnell
    “Next Big Thing -- you hear all that crap. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't psyched.”
  • Andrew Denton
    Andrew Denton
    “Pressure and stress is the common cold of the psyche.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L., fr. Gr. PSychh` Psyche, fr. psychh` the soul
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. psychicus—Gr. psychikospsychē, the soul—psychēin, to breathe.

Usage

In literature:

Cesar Franck's symphonic poem "Psyche and Cupid" given by the Boston Symphony Orchestra.
"Annals of Music in America" by Henry Charles Lahee
This Psyche is emerging from her garments and she holds in her hand a lamp.
"Italy, the Magic Land" by Lilian Whiting
And, as Psyche was, they were always sorry for it afterwards.
"Love and Lucy" by Maurice Henry Hewlett
Psyche wax'd old, and prudent in her carriage, Whilst Cupid evermore remains the child.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 57, No. 352, February 1845" by Various
A man with a sensitive psyche goes nuts pretty easy here.
"Sjambak" by John Holbrook Vance
Psyche, and love, 72.
"The Religious Sentiment" by Daniel G. Brinton
Let her not fly too near the candles of the clergy, and thus sear her Psyche wings.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 4, No. 5, November, 1863" by Various
After three he'll be forcibly psyched, you know.
"DP" by Arthur Dekker Savage
It is accepted on that basis by her own psyche.
"Occasion for Disaster" by Gordon Randall Garrett
MAY: THE STORY OF CUPID AND PSYCHE.
"The Art and Craft of Printing" by William Morris
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In poetry:

Had I his whose wooing slow
Wins the marble's hidden child,
Out in passion undefiled
Stood my Psyche, white as snow!
"Brother Artist" by George MacDonald
Once only with a grieving look
The goddess she betrayed,
Like Psyche when the lamp to her
Love's sleeping form displayed.
"Immortal Eve - IV" by Manmohan Ghose
The moon broods high and full
O'er the broken Psyche cold,
And there she stands her dainty hands
And thin wrists warm with gold.
"In An Old Garden" by Madison Julius Cawein
Rising anew from thine ancient pyre,
Vapour and dust thy frame,
Still art thou Psyche, the soul's desire,
Wingless, save when from reefs of fire
Mounting in shaft of flame.
"The Comet" by Albert Durrant Watson
He said he loved me! Then he called my hair
Silk threads wherewith sly Cupid strings his bow,
My cheek a rose leaf fallen on new snow;
And swore my round, full throat would bring despair
To Venus or to Psyche.
"A Maiden To Her Mirror" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
He had summoned Psyche—and Psyche crept
From a half-forgotten tomb;
She brought her sad smile, that still she kept,
Her eyes she left in the gloom!
High grace had found him, for now he wept,
And love was his endless doom!
"The Unseen Model" by George MacDonald

In news:

Pre-Dukes of Stratosphear English Psych, and 2 hours of XTC .
I need to stick a finger down my psyche and get it all out of my system.
The Manasquan girls soccer team gets psyched in a huddle.
No Flowers on the Psych Ward.
RN(Specialty) II Department: 61440 Psych Assessment &Evaluation Category: RN Location: Memorial Regional Hospital Shift: Full time nights 12 hours Req #: memo-00041363.
Are a psyche-out for Kevin Parker.
On Matt Barkley 's health and psyche.
This week's 'Psych' boldly goes you know the rest.
A Com-Psych corporation survey of nearly 2,000 employees says that more workers than ever report feeling burnout from their jobs.
Psych-pop auteur recasts himself with new dance album.
Seth Pettersen is psyched about playing songs from his new "Natural Machine" release.
Personal death, the great mystics tell us, is always on our minds, even if buried deep in the psyche.
Welch psych-pop songstress Cate Le Bon showcases some of the twisty, playful tunes from her new album, CYRK, live on KEXP.
Rotation with Kyle S. Electro-Psych vets bring the grooves.
It's consistent with something else researchers have uncovered about the human psyche: We often see patterns where, in fact, there is randomness.
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In science:

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The random Tukey depth
Nickerson, The Production and Perception of Randomness, Psych.
Effective Generation of Subjectively Random Binary Sequences
Kahneman, Belief in the Law of Small Numbers, Psych.
Effective Generation of Subjectively Random Binary Sequences
Wagenaar,, Generation of random sequences by human subjects: A critical survey of literature Psych.
Effective Generation of Subjectively Random Binary Sequences
Jung, C.G. (1969) The Structure and Dynamics of the Psyche, Princeton, Princeton University Press 51.
Foundations of Information Theory
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