noun, plural li·bi·dos.
Origin of libido
Examples from the Web for libido
Libido can perhaps be described as "effect," or "capacity for effect."
Libido effrenata effrenatam appetentiam efficit—Unbridled gratification produces unbridled desire.
Libido is what earlier psychologists called "will" or "tendency."
Libido: Life-force, élan vital, or (restricted) the energy of the sex-instinct.Outwitting Our Nerves|Josephine A. Jackson and Helen M. Salisbury
Libido is intended to be an energising expression for psychological values.
British Dictionary definitions for libido
noun plural -dos
Word Origin for libido
Word Origin and History for libido
"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.)).