Simple Definition of oedipal
psychology : of, relating to, or resulting from an Oedipus complex
Full Definition of oedipal
: of, relating to, or resulting from the Oedipus complex
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Biographical Note for oedipal
Oedipus \ˈed-i-pəs, ˈēd-\play , Greek mythological character. In Greek mythology Oedipus was the son of Laius and Jocasta, the king and queen of Thebes. Because at his birth an oracle had predicted that he would someday murder his father and marry his mother, Oedipus was abandoned by his parents, but he survived to maturity. Through a highly improbable series of circumstances, he fulfilled the prophecy: he unknowingly slew his father and later married his widowed mother, thereby succeeding his father to the throne. When the truth was eventually revealed to all, Jocasta committed suicide and Oedipus blinded himself.
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