libido


li·bi·do

noun \lə-ˈbē-(ˌ)dō also ˈli-bə-ˌdō\

: a person's desire to have sex

plural li·bi·dos

Full Definition of LIBIDO

1
:  instinctual psychic energy that in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges (as for sexual pleasure or self-preservation) and that is expressed in conscious activity
2
:  sexual drive

Examples of LIBIDO

  1. Lack of libido may be a sign of depression.

Origin of LIBIDO

New Latin libidin-, libido, from Latin, desire, lust, from libēre to please — more at love
First Known Use: 1909

Other Psychology Terms

fetish, hypochondria, intelligence, mania, narcissism, neurosis, pathological, psychosis, schadenfreude, subliminal

Rhymes with LIBIDO

li·bi·do

noun \lə-ˈbēd-(ˌalso ˈlib-ə-ˌor lə-ˈbī-(ˌ)dō\   (Medical Dictionary)
plural li·bi·dos

Medical Definition of LIBIDO

1
: instinctual psychic energy that in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges (as for sexual pleasure or self-preservation) and that is expressed in conscious activity
2
: sexual drive

libido

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Physiological and emotional energy associated with the sex drive. The concept was originated by Sigmund Freud, who saw the libido as linked not only with sexual desire but with all constructive human activity. He believed that psychiatric illnesses were the result of misdirecting or suppressing the libido. Carl Gustav Jung used the term more broadly to encompass all life processes in all species.

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