Libido



[li-bee-doh] /lɪˈbi doʊ/

noun, plural libidos.
1.
Psychoanalysis. all of the instinctual energies and desires that are derived from the id.
2.
sexual instinct or sexual drive.
/lɪˈbiːdəʊ/
noun (pl) -dos
1.
(psychoanal) psychic energy emanating from the id
2.
sexual urge or desire
n.

“psychic drive or energy, usually associated with sexual instinct,” 1892, carried over untranslated in English edition of Krafft-Ebing’s “Psychopathia Sexualis”; and used in 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 Latin libido “desire, lust,” from libere “to be pleasing, to please,” ultimately cognate with Old English lufu (see love (n.)).

libido li·bi·do (lĭ-bē’dō, -bī’-)
n. pl. li·bi·dos

libido [(luh-bee-doh)]

In Freudian psychology, the energy associated with the desires that come from the id.

Note: Libido is loosely used to mean sexual desire.

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