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n. pl. psy·cho·bi·og·ra·phies
1. A biography that analyzes the psychological makeup, character, or motivations of its subject: "We are given a kind of psychobiography which ultimately pictures a deeply egotistical individual, unable to tolerate anyone else's success" (Leon Botstein).
2. A character analysis.

psy′cho·bi·og′ra·pher n.
psy′cho·bi′o·graph′ic (-bī′ə-grăf′ĭk), psy′cho·bi·o·graph′i·cal (-ĭ-kəl) adj.
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) a biography that pays particular attention to a person's psychological development
psychobiographical adj
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(ˌsaɪ koʊ baɪˈɒg rə fi, -bi-)

n., pl. -phies.
a biography that stresses childhood trauma and unconscious motives of the subject.
psy`cho•bi•og′ra•pher, n.
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