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 (lĭ-bē′dō, -bī′-)
n. pl. li·bi·dos
1. The psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual biological drives.
a. Sexual desire.
b. Manifestation of the sexual drive.

[Latin libīdō, desire; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.]

li·bid′i·nal (-bĭd′n-əl) adj.
li·bid′i·nal·ly adv.
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Adj.1.libidinal - belonging to the libido; "libidinal impulses"; "libidinal gratification"
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In this ecstatic "Reich der Liebe" beyond the order of the law, the boundary between self and other dissolves, introducing a form of spirit libidinally divorced from the discontent in civilization.
The artificial ghosts the narrator encounters first and joins later point to the specter of the decadence of European metropolitan modernity, that same modernity to which the liberal Latin American Narrator feels so libidinally attached that he kills himself in order to become part of it.
Elsewhere, in national and cultural terms, Bianca Finzi-Contini Calabresi's essay on Juliet's nurse argues that this stock figure is born of two traditions--being a hybrid of the English wet-nurse and the Italianate nutrice or libidinally loquacious serva--'emerg[ing] as a figure of slippage rather than national fixity' and thereby 'challeng[ing] stable national affiliations' (124).
As to the subject assumption axis not having demonstrated significance to distinguish GT and GC children, studies reveal the fact that the parents of children who became autistic invested libidinally in their infants during the first months of life (Cassel, 2011; Cohen et al.
The author underplays the libidinal effects of the interplay of gender, race, and power in Season of Migration (effects that can only be expressed libidinally because all other venues are precluded), in favor of focusing on "new modes of critique" and the constructs and disintegration of modernity's structuring registers.
The intersubjective relationship in love, reciprocity is at the crossroads, the reason for which the obsessive feeling of the poetic I, libidinally misidentified, is that of sorrow and bitterness.
This omission underscored the fact that, for the artists on view, critique necessarily originates from a determined subject position and is libidinally charged, a point made poetically in Robert Gober's.
According to Santner, the body is transformed into "a bundle of excitable flesh" when we are faced with the "inability to inhabit and to feel libidinally implicated in the space of representations" (Royal Remains xiv)--the very space that the novel genre used to organize by its choreographing of desire, and which Paul finds himself expelled from at the beginning of the novel.
As Veronica self-consciously bares herself for Ndi to gaze at, she is libidinally aware of the erotic dimensions embedded in her act.
Grosz explains also the relationship between the individual and elements which become libidinally cathected parts of body image.
In other words, the homosexual boy would be feeling libidinally drawn to his father and at the same time hostile and aggressive towards his mother.
If I can neither feel successful no matter what I do nor even suffer my endemic failure properly (if, in other words, something is always missing), it is because my neighbor, who is really an alien and doesn't belong here, is a metaphysical gonif--someone from whom, not incidentally, I am therefore legally, morally, and above all libidinally entitled to steal/reclaim all that I can for myself.