Definition of Psychedelic

1. Adjective. Producing distorted sensory perceptions and feelings or altered states of awareness or sometimes states resembling psychosis. "Psychedelic drugs like psilocybin and mescaline"

Similar to: Psychoactive, Psychotropic
Derivative terms: Psychedelia

2. Adjective. Having the vivid colors and bizarre patterns associated with psychedelic states. "A psychedelic painting"
Similar to: Colorful, Colourful

3. Adjective. (of a mental state) characterized by intense and distorted perceptions and hallucinations and feelings of euphoria or sometimes despair. "A psychedelic experience"
Similar to: Agitated

Definition of Psychedelic

1. Adjective. Of, containing, generating, or reminiscent of drug-induced hallucinations, distortions of perception, altered awareness etc. ¹

2. Adjective. (Graphics etc.) Having bright colours, abstract shapes, etc. reminiscent of drug-induced hallucinations or distortions of perception. ¹

3. Noun. Any psychoactive substance (such as LSD or psilocybin) which, when consumed, causes perceptual changes (sometimes erratic and uncontrollable), visual hallucination, and altered awareness of the body and mind. ¹

4. Interjection. (context: hippie slang) awesome, cool, groovy ¹

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Definition of Psychedelic

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Psychedelic

psyched out
psyched up
psychedelic (current term)
psychedelic circus
psychedelic crises
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psychedelic drug
psychedelic rock
psychiatric condition
psychiatric conditions
psychiatric hospital

Literary usage of Psychedelic

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Living With Siva by Subramuniya (2001)
"Those who use psychedelics are different in many respects from those who have had no psychedelic experience. Their feelings are different. ..."

2. Architecture of Instruction and Delight: A Socio-historical Analysis of by Pieter van Wesemael (2001)
"A more than impressionist, even psychedelic feature was the show in the Fuji pavilion, where the public, seated on a revolving table, viewed a psychedelic ..."

3. Assessment and Treatment of Patients With Coexisting Mental Illness and by Richard Ries (1996)
"psychedelic- and Hallucinogen-Induced Symptoms Many psychedelic drugs, ... Other psychedelic drugs, such as LSD, have strong hallucinogenic properties. ..."

4. Medical Marijuana Referenda Movement in America: Hearing Before the edited by Bill McCollum (2001)
"Grinspoon, L. and Bakalar, JB: psychedelic Drugs Reconsidered. Second Edition with annotated bibliography. New York: Basic Books, 1981. ..."

5. Moon-o-theism: Religion of a War and Moon God Prophet, Volume II of II by Yoel Natan (2006)
"Unfortunately, this psychedelic literature is far from harmless. The Koran seems to exhibit the same faults as psychedelic experiences in general. ..."

6. The Mother of All Webs Who Gotcha! by Gyeorgos Ceres Hatonn (1992)
"So-called “Non-Drug Approaches to psychedelic Experiences”, the various methods of meditation and self-hypnosis have also been taught at Esalen in ..."

7. Homosexuality: The Psychology of the Creative Process by Paul Rosenfels (1986)
"In contemporary terms, such experiences have a psychedelic impact. The reaching for an expanding sexual sensuality and for new avenues of celebrative ..."

8. Asymmetric Marketing: Tossing the 'Chasm' in the Age of the Software Superpowers by Joseph E. Bentzel (2006)
"... plunged into the psychedelic world of the Pranksters and emerged with The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test, a now-classic portrait of the coterie which gave ..."

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