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Freudian slip

noun

Simple Definition of Freudian slip

  • : a mistake in speech that shows what the speaker is truly thinking

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of Freudian slip

  1. :  a slip of the tongue that is motivated by and reveals some unconscious aspect of the mind

Examples of freudian slip in a sentence

  1. He meant to say I'm glad you're here, but what came out was a Freudian slip: I'm mad you're here.



1941

First Known Use of freudian slip

1941


Medical Dictionary

Freudian slip

noun

Medical Definition of Freudian slip

  1. :  something said by mistake that is motivated by and reveals some unconscious aspect of the mind; also :  a similar revealing lapse (such as a memory lapse or an unintentional action)




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