- The definition of psychedelic is something related to drugs that cause hallucinations or altered consciousness, or the sounds and sites associated with these drugs.
- LSD (acid), a drug that alters your mind and causes hallucinations, is an example of a drug that would be described as a psychedelic drug.
- The Beatles are an example of a band that would be described as producing psychedelic music.
- A brightly dyed t-shirt with swirls of different colors is an example of a shirt that would be described as psychedelic.
- of or causing extreme changes in the conscious mind, as hallucinations, delusions, intensification of awareness and sensory perception, etc.
- of or associated with psychedelic drugs; specif., simulating the auditory or visual effects of the psychedelic state
- designating any of various fluorescent colors popularized during the 1960s
Origin: from psyche plush Glassical Greek dēloun, to make manifest
- psychedelically adverb
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Origin: psyche1 + Greek dēloun, to make visible (from dēlos, clear, visible; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots) + -ic.
- psyˌche·delˈi·cal·ly adverb
psychedelic - Cultural Definition
A descriptive term for things that produce or are related to hallucinations, especially drugs such as LSD.
- Psychedelic art, most popular during the late 1960s and early 1970s, combines patterns, objects, light, and sound to simulate hallucinatory experiences.
psychedelic - Medical Definition