noun, plural ca·thex·es [kuh-thek-seez] /kəˈθɛk siz/. Psychoanalysis.
Origin of cathexis
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Contemporary Examples of cathexis
Drooling over such luxury was supposed to result in a cathexis of the Ralph Lauren label.The Year of Fashion Photography
October 1, 2009
noun plural -thexes (-ˈθɛksiːz)
Word Origin for cathexis
1922, from Latinized form of Greek kathexis "holding, retention," from PIE root *segh- "to hold" (see scheme (n.)). Used by psychologists to render Freud's (libido)besetzung.