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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.
Origin of libido
1890-95; < Latin libīdō desire, willfulness, lust, akin to libēre to be pleasing
Related forms
[li-bid-n-l] /lɪˈbɪd n l/ (Show IPA),
libidinally, adverb Unabridged
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noun (pl) -dos
(psychoanal) psychic energy emanating from the id
sexual urge or desire
Derived Forms
libidinal (lɪˈbɪdɪnəl) adjective
libidinally, adverb
Word Origin
C20 (in psychoanalysis): from Latin: desire
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Word Origin and History for libido

"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.)).

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libido in Medicine

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

  1. The psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual biological drives.

  2. Sexual desire.

  3. Manifestation of the sexual drive.

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libido in Culture
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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