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libido

[ li-bee-doh ]
/ lɪˈbi doʊ /
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noun, plural li·bi·dos.
Psychoanalysis. all of the instinctual energies and desires that are derived from the id.
sexual instinct or sexual drive.
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Origin of libido

1890–95; <Latin libīdō desire, willfulness, lust, akin to libēre to be pleasing

OTHER WORDS FROM libido

li·bid·i·nal [li-bid-n-l], /lɪˈbɪd n l/, adjectiveli·bid·i·nal·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for libido

libido
/ (lɪˈbiːdəʊ) /

noun plural -dos
psychoanal psychic energy emanating from the id
sexual urge or desire

Derived forms of libido

libidinal (lɪˈbɪdɪnəl), adjectivelibidinally, adverb

Word Origin for libido

C20 (in psychoanalysis): from Latin: desire
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Cultural definitions for libido

libido
[ (luh-bee-doh) ]

In Freudian psychology, the energy associated with the desires that come from the id.

notes for libido

Libido is loosely used to mean sexual desire.
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