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Oedipus complex

noun, Psychoanalysis
1.
the unresolved desire of a child for sexual gratification through the parent of the opposite sex, especially the desire of a son for his mother. This involves, first, identification with and, later, hatred for the parent of the same sex, who is considered by the child as a rival.
Compare Electra complex.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95
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British Dictionary definitions for Oedipus complex

Oedipus complex

noun
1.
(psychoanal) a group of emotions, usually unconscious, involving the desire of a child, esp a male child, to possess sexually the parent of the opposite sex while excluding the parent of the same sex Compare Electra complex
Derived Forms
oedipal, oedipean, adjective
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Oedipus complex in Medicine

Oedipus complex Oed·i·pus complex (ěd'ə-pəs, ē'də-)
n.
In psychoanalytic theory, a subconscious sexual desire in a child, especially a male child, for the parent of the opposite sex, usually accompanied by hostility to the parent of the same sex.

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Oedipus complex in Culture
Oedipus complex [(ed-uh-puhs, ee-duh-puhs)]

In Freudian theory, the unconscious desire of a young child for sexual intercourse with the parent of the opposite sex, especially between boys and their mothers (see genital stage). Followers of the psychologist Sigmund Freud long believed that the Oedipus complex was common to all cultures, although many psychiatrists now refute this belief. The Oedipus complex is named after the mythical Oedipus, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother.

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