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penis envy

noun, Psychoanalysis.
the repressed wish of a female to possess a penis.
Origin of penis envy
First recorded in 1920-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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British Dictionary definitions for penis envy

penis envy

(psychoanal) a Freudian concept in which envy of the penis is postulated as the cause for some of the characteristics found in women
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penis envy in Culture

penis envy definition

In Freudian theory, the repressed desire of females to possess a penis.

Note: Penis envy is also used generally to mean a supposed female envy of men.
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