Definition of


  1. (noun, feeling) (psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire

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Alternate forms of Libido

Derivations: libidinal, libidinous

Hypernyms: concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire

Origin of the word Libido

  1. "psychic drive or energy, usually associated with sexual instinct," 1892, carried over untranslated in Eng. edition of Krafft-Ebing's "Psychopathia Sexualis"; 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 L. libido "desire, lust," from libere "to be pleasing, to please," ultim… more

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