- Oedipus complex ► NOUN ▪ (in Freudian theory) the complex of emotions aroused in a young child by an unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex.DERIVATIVES Oedipal adjective.ORIGIN by association with Oedipus in Greek mythology, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother.
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Oedipal — (adj.) 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… … Etymology dictionary
Oedipal — [ed′i pəl, ē′dipəl] adj. [also o ] of or relating to the Oedipus complex … English World dictionary
oedipal — oeÂ·diÂ·pal || É™dÉªpl / ÉªËdÉªpl adj. pertaining to Oedipus (Greek Mythology); pertaining to the Oedipal complex (Psychology) … English contemporary dictionary
oedipal — adjective related to an Oedipus complex: oedipal fantasies … Longman dictionary of contemporary English
oedipal — adjective Usage: often capitalized Date: 1939 of, relating to, or resulting from the Oedipus complex • oedipally adverb, often capitalized … New Collegiate Dictionary
oedipal — /ed euh peuhl, ee deuh /, adj. (often cap.) of, characterized by, or resulting from the Oedipus complex. [1935 40; OEDIP(US COMPLEX) + AL1] * * * … Universalium
Oedipal — adjective /idəpɛl,idəpəl/ Of or relating to the Oedipus complex … Wiktionary
oedipal — oe·di·pal ed ə pəl, ēd adj, often cap of, relating to, or resulting from the Oedipus complex oe·di·pal·ly pə lē adv, often cap Oe·di·pus ed i pəs, ēd Greek mythological character. In Greek mythology Oedipus was the son of Laius and Jocasta, the… … Medical dictionary
oedipal — oe|di|pal [ˈi:dıpəl US ˈe ] adj [usually before noun] related to an Oedipus complex … Dictionary of contemporary English
oedipal — oed|i|pal [ edıpl, idıpl ] adjective related to an Oedipus complex … Usage of the words and phrases in modern English