oedipal

oedipal

[ed-uh-puhl, ee-duh-]
adjective (often initial capital letter)
of, characterized by, or resulting from the Oedipus complex.

Origin:
1935–40; Oedip(us complex) + -al1

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Oedipus complex
 
n
psychoanal Compare Electra complex 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
 
'oedipal
 
adj
 
oedi'pean
 
adj

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oedipal
1939, "of or pertaining to desire felt for opposite-sex parent," from Oedipus complex (1910), coined by Freud from Sophocles' play "Oedipus Tyrannus," in which the title character, the Theban hero, answers the Sphinx's riddle and unknowingly kills his father and marries his own mother; from Gk.
Oedipus. The name was used figuratively in English from 1550s for "one who is clever at guessing riddles," which had adj. form Oedipean (1620s).
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oedipal oed·i·pal or Oed·i·pal (ěd'ə-pəl, ē'də-)
adj.
Of or characteristic of the Oedipus complex.

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