Oedipus complex


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Oedipus complex

n.
In psychoanalysis, an unconscious sexual desire by a child, especially a male child, directed to the parent of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by hostility to the parent of the same sex.

Oedipus complex

n
(Psychoanalysis) psychoanal a group of emotions, usually unconscious, involving the desire of a child, esp a male child, to possess sexually the parent of the opposite sex while excluding the parent of the same sex. Compare Electra complex
ˈoedipal, ˌoediˈpean adj
ˈoedipally adv

Oed′ipus com`plex


n.
libidinous feelings toward the parent of the opposite sex, often also involving rivalry with the parent of the same sex: esp. applied to males and considered normal in young children.
Compare Electra complex.
[1905–10; < German (Freud, 1899)]

Oedipus complex

The repressed desire of a boy or man for a sexual relationship with his mother.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.Oedipus complex - a complex of males; desire to possess the mother sexually and to exclude the father; said to be a source of personality disorders if unresolved
complex - (psychoanalysis) a combination of emotions and impulses that have been rejected from awareness but still influence a person's behavior
Translations
complexe d’Œdipe

Oedipus complex

Oedipus complex

n (Psych) → complesso di Edipo

Oed·i·pus com·plex

n. complejo de Edipo, amor patológico del hijo a la madre acompañado de celos y antipatía al padre.
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