the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
the charge of psychic energy so invested.
of or relating to cathexis
noun (pl) -thexes (-ˈθɛksiːz)
(psychoanal) concentration of psychic energy on a single goal
1922, from Latinized form of Greek kathexis “holding, retention,” from PIE root *segh- “to hold” (see scheme (n.)). Used by psychologists to render Freud’s (libido)besetzung.
cathectic ca·thec·tic (kə-thěk’tĭk)
Of or relating to cathexis.
cathexis ca·thex·is (kə-thěk’sĭs)
n. pl. ca·thex·es (-thěk’sēz)
Concentration of emotional energy on an object or idea.
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.
a semitransparent sheet of rolled glass having a decorative pattern.