Definition of Psyche

1. Noun. That which is responsible for one's thoughts and feelings; the seat of the faculty of reason. "I couldn't get his words out of my head"

Exact synonyms: Brain, Head, Mind, Nous
Generic synonyms: Cognition, Knowledge, Noesis
Specialized synonyms: Noddle, Tabula Rasa, Ego, Unconscious, Unconscious Mind, Subconscious, Subconscious Mind
Derivative terms: Mind, Psychic, Psychical

2. Noun. The immaterial part of a person; the actuating cause of an individual life.
Exact synonyms: Soul
Specialized synonyms: Ghost
Generic synonyms: Spirit
Derivative terms: Psychical

3. Noun. (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.
Category relationships: Greek Mythology
Generic synonyms: Mythical Being

Definition of Psyche

1. n. A lovely maiden, daughter of a king and mistress of Eros, or Cupid. She is regarded as the personification of the soul.

Definition of Psyche

1. Proper noun. (Greek god Roman god) a girl loved by Cupid (or Eros), and who later became a goddess. ¹

2. Proper noun. In late Greek art and literature, a goddess who is the personification of the soul; she is primarily known for her role in the story of Cupid and Psyche, best attested in Apuleius' novel The Golden Ass ¹

3. Proper noun. 16 Psyche, an asteroid ¹

4. Proper noun. Psychidae, or bagworms, a family of Lepidoptera ¹

5. Noun. The human soul, mind, or spirit. ¹

6. Noun. (context: chiefly psychology) The human mind as the central force in thought, emotion, and behavior of an individual. ¹

7. Abbreviation. psychology ¹

8. Interjection. (non-gloss definition Used abruptly after a sentence to indicate that the speaker is only joking.) ¹

9. Verb. (transitive) To put (someone) into a required psychological frame of mind. ¹

10. Verb. (transitive) To intimidate (someone) emotionally using psychology. ¹

11. Verb. (transitive informal) To treat (someone) using psychoanalysis. ¹

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Definition of Psyche

1. the mental structure of a person [n -S]

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Literary usage of Psyche

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1. New Englander and Yale Review by Edward Royall Tyler, William Lathrop Kingsley, George Park Fisher, Timothy Dwight (1881)
"Concerning which, Professor Tyndall, replying in the Nineteenth Century, remarks: " I may say, in passing, that the psyche that could be cast out of the ..."

2. The New Englander by William Lathrop Kingsley (1881)
"Concerning which, Professor Tyndall, replying in the Nineteenth Century, remarks: '' I may say, in passing, that the psyche that could be cast out of the ..."

3. International Catalogue of Scientific Literature by Royal Society (Great Britain) (1904)
"New Mexico Ashmead, WH Cambridge, Mass, Ent. CL, psyche, 9, 1901, (147- 148). Labium: characters and position. ..."

4. The Bookworm: An Illustrated Treasury of Old-time Literature (1892)
"The poem " psyche " was written in 1647-48, when the author was still a young man; ... The nature of the poem is fully explained in its title, " psyche, ..."

5. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable: Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer (1898)
"psyche next became the slave of Venus, who treated her most cruelly ; but ultimately she was married to Cupid, and become immortal, Mrs. Henry Tighe has ..."

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