Libido meaning

lĭ-bēdō, -bī-
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The sexual urge or instinct.
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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.

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(common usage) Sexual urges or drives.

Good God man, control your libido!

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The psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual biological drives.
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(psychoanalysis) Instinctive psychic energy, specif. sexual energy, manifested variously at different stages of personality development.
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The psychic and emotional energy associated with instinctual biological drives.
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(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.

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Origin of libido

  • Latin libīdō desire leubh- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin libīdō (“lust, desire”). Used originally in psychoanalytic contexts.

    From Wiktionary