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 (kə-thĕkt′, kă-)
tr.v. ca·thect·ed, ca·thect·ing, ca·thects
To invest emotional energy in (a person, object, or idea).

[Back-formation from cathexis.]

ca·thec′tic adj.


vb (tr)
to invest mental or emotional energy in


(kəˈθɛkt, kæ-)

v.t. Psychoanal.
to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).
[1930–35; back formation from cathectic relating to cathexis]
ca•thec′tic, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.cathect - inject with libidinal energy
energize, perk up, energise, stimulate, arouse, brace - cause to be alert and energetic; "Coffee and tea stimulate me"; "This herbal infusion doesn't stimulate"
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While these organizations harness the anger or disaffection that the Tea Party cathects, they distribute the sensible against the government and promote austerity to enable their own free market possibilities.
16) What the Post-Kantians call the Idea, as an idealizing spirit or drive underlying history, Shelley cathects onto "poetry": in A Defence, poetry is a developing creativity that exceeds generic or even historical containment, and that Shelley sometimes describes in hyper-idealized language and sometimes in deformed, even Gothic terms.
Burroughs cathects revolutionary desire through Captain Mission; he acts as a signifier for the entirety of piratical revolutionary action.
By this I mean that Du Bois finds ripe conditions for critical thinking that cathects to habits and values conducive for socialism in the historical dialectic between the self-consciousness of black people and their contemptible material conditions under regimes of US racial capitalism, an idea of African American experience and epistemology utterly lacking in Myrdal's binary conception of African American formation as either all American or pathological.