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psy·cho·bab·ble

 (sī′kō-băb′əl)
n.
Language characterized by the often inaccurate use of jargon from psychiatry and psychotherapy: "Discussions ... sometimes ... consist of consciousness-raising psychobabble, with the students' feelings and experiences valued as much as anything the professor or texts have to offer" (Karen Lehrman).

[Coined by Richard Dean Rosen (born 1949), American writer.]

psy′cho·bab′bler n.

psychobabble

(ˈsaɪkəʊˌbæbəl)
n
(Psychology) informal the jargon of psychology, esp as used and popularized in various types of psychotherapy

psy•cho•bab•ble

(ˈsaɪ koʊˌbæb əl)

n.
writing or talk using jargon from psychiatry or psychotherapy without particular accuracy or relevance.
[popularized by a book of the same title (1977) by U.S. journalist Richard Dutch. Rosen (b. 1949)]
psy′cho•bab`bler, n.

psychobabble

obfuscating language and jargon as used by psychologists, psychoanalysts, and psychiatrists, characterized by recondite phrases and arcane names for common conditions.
See also: Language
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.psychobabble - using language loaded with psychological terminology
jargon - specialized technical terminology characteristic of a particular subject
Translations

psychobabble

[ˈsaɪkəʊˌbæbl] Nverborrea f, jerga f de psicólogos

psychobabble

n (inf)Psychogeschwätz nt
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