to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).
1936, psychoanalysis jargon, back-formation from cathectic (1927), from Greek kathektikos, from kathexis (see cathexis).
the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea. the charge of psychic energy so invested. adjective of or relating to cathexis noun (pl) -thexes (-ˈθɛksiːz) (psychoanal) concentration of psychic energy on a single goal n. 1922, from Latinized form of Greek kathexis “holding, retention,” from PIE root *segh- “to hold” (see scheme […]
the seat or throne of a bishop in the principal church of a diocese. an official chair, as of a professor in a university. an ancient Roman chair used by women, having an inclined, curved back and curved legs flaring outward: the Roman copy of the Greek klismos. Historical Examples In this spot, near the […]
the principal church of a diocese, containing the bishop’s throne. (in nonepiscopal denominations) any of various important churches. pertaining to or containing a bishop’s throne. pertaining to or emanating from a chair of office or authority. Contemporary Examples The Exit After the service, the coffin—flag, flowers, small note and all—was marched out of the cathedral. […]
a high ceiling formed by or suggesting an open-timbered roof. a ceiling, as in a living room, higher than that of other rooms in a house.