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[froi-dee-uh n] /ˈfrɔɪ di ən/
of or relating to Sigmund Freud or his doctrines, especially with respect to the causes and treatment of neurotic and psychopathic states, the interpretation of dreams, etc.
a person, especially a psychoanalyst, who adheres to the basic doctrines of Freud.
Origin of Freudian
First recorded in 1905-10; Freud + -ian
Related forms
Freudianism, noun
anti-Freudian, adjective, noun
anti-Freudianism, noun
post-Freudian, adjective
pro-Freudian, adjective, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for Freudian
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  • The unconscious is not, of course, the clue to the Freudian theory.

  • The Freudian school of psychologists calls this "sublimation."

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann
  • In the Freudian psychology the dream is an expression of a suppressed wish.

    The Ordeal of Mark Twain Van Wyck Brooks
  • He's a desperate Freudian, you know, and they're not nearly so good as the others.

    Dangerous Ages

    Rose Macaulay
  • He is quite Freudian in his indignation that any young woman should habit herself so.

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley
British Dictionary definitions for Freudian


of or relating to Sigmund Freud or his ideas
a person who follows or believes in the basic ideas of Sigmund Freud
Derived Forms
Freudianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for Freudian

1910, used at first in a general way for "sexual," from name of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. Freudian slip first attested 1959.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Freudian in Medicine

Freudian Freud·i·an (froi'dē-ən)
Relating to or being in accordance with the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud. n.
An individual who accepts the tenets of psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud, especially a psychiatrist who applies Freudian theory and method in conducting psychotherapy.

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Freudian in Culture

Freudian definition

Pertaining to or agreeing with the theories of Sigmund Freud.

The New Dictionary of Cultural Literacy, Third Edition
Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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