cathected

cathect

[kuh-thekt, ka-]
verb (used with object) Psychoanalysis.
to invest emotion or feeling in (an idea, object, or another person).

Origin:
1930–35; back-formation from cathectic relating to cathexis

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cathected
1936, psychoanalysis jargon, back-formation from cathectic (1927), from Gk. kathektikos, from kathexis (see cathexis).
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