- 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 of psychedelic; from psyche + Classical Greek dēloun, to make manifest
- Of, characterized by, or generating hallucinations, distortions of perception, altered states of awareness, and occasionally states resembling psychosis.
- Suggestive or evocative of an altered or hallucinatory state of perception: psychedelic patterns; psychedelic music.
Origin of psychedelicpsyche1 + Greek dēloun, to make visible (from dēlos, clear, visible; see dyeu- in Indo-European roots) + –ic.
(comparative more psychedelic, superlative most psychedelic)
From Ancient Greek ψυχή (psychē, “mind, soul”) + δῆλος (dēlos, “manifest, visible”) + English -ic