Freud·​ian ˈfrȯi-dē-ən How to pronounce Freudian (audio)
: of, relating to, or according with the psychoanalytic theories or practices of Sigmund Freud
Freudian noun
Freudianism noun

Examples of Freudian in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The truth, amply demonstrated in this biography, with so many pages devoted to the gentle coaxing of writers, is that editors exercise Freudian transference with their writers far more potently than Freudian analysts do with their patients. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, 25 Apr. 2024 Rose recently had a row with Edith and her Freudian nightmare of a father (Timothy Spall), so there’s motive. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 27 Mar. 2024 Like crosswords, Freudian psychoanalysis runs on word association and linguistic substitutions. Anna Shechtman, Harper's Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024 But, without getting too Freudian, Thomas also reminds us that none of these suffering creatures are—or are only—types. Sara Holdren, Vulture, 3 Feb. 2024 While that Freudian analysis is certainly up for debate, there could be something to it. Danielle Sinay, Glamour, 31 Jan. 2024 Is the entire country suffering from a Freudian desire to relive the consummation of high-school prom? Kyle Chayka, The New Yorker, 31 Jan. 2024 Or, for that matter, answer for the confusing Freudian world-building, crossover obsessions, and often dark-revisionist doomscrolling that’s characterized so much of this particular franchise. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 21 Dec. 2023 Along the way, Joe’s father shows up, triggering 15 minutes of mild Freudian trauma. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 15 Dec. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1910, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Freudian was in 1910

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“Freudian.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Medical Definition


Freud·​ian ˈfrȯid-ē-ən How to pronounce Freudian (audio)
: of, relating to, or according with the psychoanalytic theories or practices of Freud
Freudian noun
Freudianism noun
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