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[li-bee-doh] /lɪˈbi doʊ/

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

“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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