Freudian slip


noun

(in Freudian psychology) an inadvertent mistake in speech or writing that is thought to reveal a person's unconscious motives, wishes, or attitudes.
Compare parapraxis.

Origin of Freudian slip

First recorded in 1950–55
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British Dictionary definitions for freudian slip

Freudian slip

noun

any action, such as a slip of the tongue, that may reveal an unconscious thought

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Medicine definitions for freudian slip

Freudian slip

n.

A verbal mistake that is thought to reveal an unconscious belief, thought, or emotion.

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Culture definitions for freudian slip

Freudian slip

An error in speech that reveals repressed thoughts or feelings; for example, accidentally calling one's wife “Mom.”


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