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[fal-ik] /ˈfæl ɪk/
of, relating to, or resembling a phallus.
of or relating to phallicism.
genital (def 3a).
Sometimes, phallical.
Origin of phallic
From the Greek word phallikós, dating back to 1780-90. See phallus, -ic
Related forms
pseudophallic, adjective Unabridged
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  • They show us planet worship with its usual orphic and phallic accompaniments.

  • These phallic rites were finally abolished by episcopal command.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • The institution "is essentially religious in its origin and is intimately connected with phallic worship."

    Folkways William Graham Sumner
  • He, also, gives other evidences of phallic worship among these people.

    Religion and Lust James Weir
  • In the first place the instances cited of phallic worship among aboriginal tribes are not particularly numerous or striking.

British Dictionary definitions for phallic


of, relating to, or resembling a phallus: a phallic symbol
  1. relating to a stage of psychosexual development during which a male child's interest is concentrated on the genital organs
  2. designating personality traits, such as conceit and self-assurance, due to fixation at the phallic stage of development Compare anal (sense 2), oral (sense 7), genital (sense 2)
  3. (in Freudian theory) denoting a phase of early childhood in which there is a belief that both sexes possess a phallus
of or relating to phallicism
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Word Origin and History for phallic

"pertaining to the phallus," 1789, from Greek phallikos, from phallos (see phallus). First record of phallic symbol is from 1809.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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phallic in Medicine

phallic phal·lic (fāl'ĭk)

  1. Of, relating to, or resembling a phallus.

  2. Of or relating to the third stage of psychosexual development in psycholanalytic theory during which the genital organs first become the focus of sexual feeling.

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