[froi-dee-uh n]


of or relating to Sigmund Freud or his doctrines, especially with respect to the causes and treatment of neurotic and psychopathic states, the interpretation of dreams, etc.


a person, especially a psychoanalyst, who adheres to the basic doctrines of Freud.

Origin of Freudian

First recorded in 1905–10; Freud + -ian
Related formsFreud·i·an·ism, nounan·ti-Freud·i·an, adjective, nounan·ti-Freud·i·an·ism, nounpost-Freud·i·an, adjectivepro-Freud·i·an, adjective, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of freudian

Historical Examples of freudian

  • The unconscious is not, of course, the clue to the Freudian theory.

  • The Freudian school of psychologists calls this "sublimation."

    A Preface to Politics

    Walter Lippmann

  • In the Freudian psychology the dream is an expression of a suppressed wish.

  • He's a desperate Freudian, you know, and they're not nearly so good as the others.

    Dangerous Ages

    Rose Macaulay

  • He is quite Freudian in his indignation that any young woman should habit herself so.

    Plum Pudding

    Christopher Morley

British Dictionary definitions for freudian



of or relating to Sigmund Freud or his ideas


a person who follows or believes in the basic ideas of Sigmund Freud
Derived FormsFreudianism, noun
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Word Origin and History for freudian



1910, used at first in a general way for "sexual," from name of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist. Freudian slip first attested 1959.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

freudian in Medicine




Relating to or being in accordance with the psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud.


An individual who accepts the tenets of psychoanalytic theories of Sigmund Freud, especially a psychiatrist who applies Freudian theory and method in conducting psychotherapy.
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freudian in Culture


Pertaining to or agreeing with the theories of Sigmund Freud.

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