- The definition of libido is the emotional energy of biological desires, especially sexual desire.
An example of libido is the urge to engage in sex.
- the sexual urge or instinct
- Psychoanalysis psychic energy generally; specif., a basic form of psychic energy, comprising the positive, loving instincts and manifested variously at different stages of personality development
Origin of libidoModern Latin ; from Classical Latin pleasure, wantonness ; from libet, lubet, it pleases: for Indo-European base see love
- The psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual biological drives.
- a. Sexual desire.b. Manifestation of the sexual drive.
Origin of libidoLatin libīdō, desire; see leubh- in Indo-European roots.
- (common usage) Sexual urges or drives.
- Good God man, control your libido!
- (psychology) Drives or mental energies related or based on sexual instincts but not necessarily sexual in and of themselves.
- For Freudians, libido means the desire to "unite and bind" with objects in the world.
- The ego as an organ which seeks to synthesize thoughts in the psyche is said to be driven by libido or eros.
- (in common usage): boredom
From Latin libīdō (“lust, desire”). Used originally in psychoanalytic contexts.