[ kuh-thek-sis ]
/ kəˈθɛk sɪs /
noun, plural ca·thex·es [kuh-thek-seez]. /kəˈθɛk siz/. Psychoanalysis.
the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
the charge of psychic energy so invested.
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OTHER WORDS FROM cathexisca·thec·tic [kuh-thek-tik], /kəˈθɛk tɪk/, adjective
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Drooling over such luxury was supposed to result in a cathexis of the Ralph Lauren label.
British Dictionary definitions for cathexis
/ (kəˈθɛksɪs) /
noun plural -thexes (-ˈθɛksiːz)
psychoanal concentration of psychic energy on a single goal
Word Origin for cathexis
C20: from New Latin, from Greek kathexis, from katekhein to hold fast, intended to render German Besetzung a taking possession of
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Medical definitions for cathexis
[ kə-thĕk′sĭs ]
n. pl. ca•thex•es (-thĕk′sēz)
Concentration of emotional energy on an object or idea.
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