castration complex

noun Psychoanalysis.

an unconscious fear of losing the genital organs, especially as punishment for oedipal feelings.

Origin of castration complex

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for castration complex

castration complex


psychoanal an unconscious fear of having one's genitals removed, as a punishment for wishing to have sex with a parent

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Medicine definitions for castration complex

castration complex


In psychoanalytic theory, a child's fear of injury to the genitals by the parent of the same sex as punishment for unconscious guilt over oedipal feelings.
An unconscious fear of injury from those in authority.

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