the investment of emotional significance in an activity, object, or idea.
the charge of psychic energy so invested.
Drooling over such luxury was supposed to result in a cathexis of the Ralph Lauren label.
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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.
cathexis ca·thex·is (kə-thěk’sĭs)
n. pl. ca·thex·es (-thěk’sēz)
Concentration of emotional energy on an object or idea.
brothel; whorehouse. Historical Examples Went out of here to die, get drunk, go back to work in a cathouse or pushing dope—I don’t care. The Trial of Callista Blake Edgar Pangborn noun (US & Canadian) a slang word for brothel noun A cheap lodging house; flophouse (1915+ Hoboes) A brothel: New Orleans was proud and […]
a positively charged ion that is attracted to the cathode in electrolysis. any positively charged atom or group of atoms (opposed to anion). Historical Examples The remainder of the molecule, which usually consists of a single atom, is the cation. An Elementary Study of Chemistry William McPherson It will be noticed that in neutralization the […]
pulverized absorbent clay used for lining a box in which a cat can eliminate waste. noun absorbent material, often in a granular form, that is used to line a receptacle in which a domestic cat can urinate and defecate indoors
catnip. Historical Examples They made me catmint tea, and rubbed it on their hands so I could smell of it, and never left me alone. Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan It was many days before I visited that catmint bed again, for it rained very hard. Daisy Miranda Eliot Swan catmint will cause those of the […]