penis envy

penis envy

noun Psychoanalysis.
the repressed wish of a female to possess a penis.

Origin:
1920–25

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penis envy
 
n
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 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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