Freudian slip


Definition of Freudian slip

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

Examples of Freudian slip in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of Freudian slip

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Freudian slip.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of Freudian slip

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

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Medical Definition of Freudian slip

: 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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