libido [ li- bee-doh ] SHOW IPA / lɪˈbi doʊ / PHONETIC RESPELLING noun, plural li·bi·dos. . Psychoanalysis all of the instinctual energies and desires that are derived from the id. sexual instinct or sexual drive. Nearby words liberum veto
librarianship Origin of libido 1890–95; < Latin libīdō desire, willfulness, lust, akin to libēre to be pleasing Related forms li·bid·i·nal , [li- bid-n-l] /lɪˈbɪd n l/ adjective li·bid·i·nal·ly, adverb
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Examples from the Web for libido British Dictionary definitions for libido noun plural -dos psychoanal psychic energy emanating from the id sexual urge or desire Derived Forms libidinal ( lɪˈbɪdɪn), əl adjective libidinally, adverb Word Origin for libido
C20 (in psychoanalysis): from Latin: desire
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Word Origin and History for libido n.
"psychic drive or energy, usually associated with sexual instinct," 1892, carried over untranslated in English edition of Krafft-Ebing's
"Psychopathia Sexualis"; and used in 1909 in A.A. Brill's translation of Freud's "Selected Papers on Hysteria" (Freud's use of the term led to its popularity); from Latin libido "desire, lust," from libere "to be pleasing, to please," ultimately cognate with Old English lufu (see love (n.)).
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Medicine definitions for libido n. pl. li•bi•dos The psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual biological drives. Sexual desire. Manifestation of the sexual drive.
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Culture definitions for libido
Freudian psychology, the energy associated with the desires that come from the id. Note
Libido is loosely used to mean sexual desire.
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