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superego

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noun su·per·ego \ˌsü-pər-ˈē-(ˌ)gō also -ˈe-(ˌ)gō\

Simple Definition of superego

  • psychology : a part of a person's mind that relates to attitudes about what is right and wrong and to feelings of guilt

Full Definition of superego

  1. :  the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that is only partly conscious, represents internalization of parental conscience and the rules of society, and functions to reward and punish through a system of moral attitudes, conscience, and a sense of guilt — compare ego, id

Origin of superego

New Latin, translation of German Über-ich, from über over + ich I


First Known Use: 1919


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superego

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noun su·per·ego \ˌsü-pər-ˈē-(ˌ)gō also ˈsü-pər-ˌ, -ˈeg-(ˌ)ō\

Medical Definition of superego

  1. :  the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that is only partly conscious, represents internalization of parental conscience and the rules of society, and functions to reward and punish through a system of moral attitudes, conscience, and a sense of guilt—compare ego, id[1]




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