- of, characterized by, or resulting from the Oedipus complex.
Origin of oedipal
Examples from the Web for oedipal
It was like an Oedipal thing because Chevy left, and there was a feeling like he left them.Bill Murray’s Words of Wisdom: On Comedy, the Greatness of In-N-Out, and Searching For Great Love
October 10, 2014
He knows how to be a narcissistic fighter and an Oedipal fighter.
“There are two kinds of fighting—narcissistic fighting and Oedipal fighting,” Frank went on.
The idea for these edgy Oedipal works came to Prince when he was looking through a catalogue of de Kooning's Women series.Richard Prince's Tribute to Willem de Kooning
March 28, 2011
Word Origin and History for oedipal
1939, "of or pertaining to desire felt for opposite-sex parent," from Oedipus complex (1910), coined by Freud from Sophocles' play "Oedipus Tyrannus," in which the title character, the Theban hero, answers the Sphinx's riddle and unknowingly kills his father and marries his own mother; from Greek Oedipus. The name was used figuratively in English from 1550s for "one who is clever at guessing riddles," which had adjectival form Oedipean (1620s).
- Of or characteristic of the Oedipus complex.