Oedipus Complex Definition

noun
The unconscious tendency of a child to be attached to the parent of the opposite sex and hostile toward the other parent: its persistence in adult life results in neurotic disorders: orig. restricted to a son's attachment.
Webster's New World
Synonyms:
  • Oedipal complex
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Other Word Forms of Oedipus Complex

Noun

Singular:
Oedipus complex
Plural:
oedipus-complexes

Origin of Oedipus Complex

  • Named after Oedipus in Greek Mythology, who unwittingly killed his father and married his mother.

    From Wiktionary

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