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Meaning of “psychedelic” in the English Dictionary

"psychedelic" in British English

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psychedelicadjective

uk   us   /ˌsaɪ.kəˈdel.ɪk/
(of a ​drug) ​causingeffects on the ​mind, such as ​feelings of ​deepunderstanding or ​unusuallystrongexperiences of ​colour , ​sound, ​taste, and ​touch : psychedelic ​drugs Psychedelic ​art or ​clothing has ​brightcolours and ​strangepatterns of a ​type that might be ​experienced by taking psychedelic ​drugs.
(Definition of psychedelic from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"psychedelic" in American English

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psychedelicadjective

 us   /ˌsɑɪ·kɪˈdel·ɪk/
causing ​unusuallystrongexperiences of ​color, ​sound, ​smell, ​taste, and ​touch, and other ​mentaleffects such as ​feelings of ​deepunderstanding or ​hallucination (= ​imagining things that do not ​exist) Psychedelic also ​meanslikely to ​produce a ​strongeffect because of having ​brightcolors or ​patterns.
(Definition of psychedelic from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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