cathect

[kuh-thekt, ka-]

verb (used with object) Psychoanalysis.

to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).

Nearby words

  1. catharist,
  2. catharsis,
  3. cathartic,
  4. cathay,
  5. cathead,
  6. cathected,
  7. cathectic,
  8. cathedra,
  9. cathedral,
  10. cathedral ceiling

Origin of cathect

1930–35; back-formation from cathectic relating to cathexis

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Word Origin and History for cathected

cathected

adj.

1936, psychoanalysis jargon, back-formation from cathectic (1927), from Greek kathektikos, from kathexis (see cathexis).

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