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penis envy

noun, Psychoanalysis
1.
the repressed wish of a female to possess a penis.
Origin
1920-1925
1920-25
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British Dictionary definitions for penis envy

penis envy

noun
1.
(psychoanal) a Freudian concept in which envy of the penis is postulated as the cause for some of the characteristics found in women
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penis envy in Culture

penis envy definition


In Freudian theory, the repressed desire of females to possess a penis.

Note: Penis envy is also used generally to mean a supposed female envy of men.
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