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n. pl. psy·cho·his·to·ries
A psychological or psychoanalytic interpretation or study of historical events or persons: the psychohistory of the Nazi era.

psy′cho·his·tor′i·an (-hĭ-stôr′ē-ən, -stŏr′-) n.
psy′cho·his·tor′i·cal (-hĭ-stôr′ĭ-kəl, -stŏr′-) adj.
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(ˌsaɪkəʊˈhɪstərɪ; -ˈhɪstrɪ)
n, pl -ries
(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) biography based on psychological theories of personality development
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(ˌsaɪ koʊˈhɪs tə ri, -ˈhɪs tri)

n., pl. -ries.
an account of a historical figure that uses theoretical constructs of psychology, esp. psychoanalysis, to explain actions and motivations.
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