li·​bid·​i·​nal | \ lə-ˈbi-də-nəl How to pronounce libidinal (audio) , -ˈbid-nᵊl \

Definition of libidinal

: of or relating to the libido libidinal impulses

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Other Words from libidinal

libidinally adverb

Examples of libidinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The plunge into chaos and libidinal disaster in Ariana Harwicz’s debut novel, Die, My Love, threatens to undo the possibility of story altogether. Anne Enright, The New York Review of Books, "Wanting Wrong," 6 July 2020 But for a kid in Kentucky, Stonewall—even as recounted by White and others who were there—represented, at best, a kind of aspirational gay life, a bevy of uppity queers fighting for their decidedly unrespectable libidinal community. Michelle Tea, Harper's magazine, "Stonewall at Fifty," 22 June 2019 Steel Panther sound like Van Halen meets Motley Cru meets Ratt meets Wayne’s World, complete with operatic shrieks, misogyny, shredding guitar solos and libidinal overdrive. John Adamian,, "Steel Panther To Play Webster Theater," 21 Apr. 2018 There are consequences to Trump’s decisions, and his poor libidinal self-control does bespeak his poor self-control in other arenas. Jeet Heer, The New Republic, "Is “Porn Star” the Best Way to Describe Stormy Daniels?," 27 Mar. 2018 Suddenly everyone was broadcasting their life to the world, and measuring their worth on the basis of the libidinal pulses that came back – as only celebrities had before. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "Why Did a Young Woman Broadcast Her Death?," 31 Aug. 2017 Starting with an erotic love story, Reybaud depicts two gay men (Pascal Cervo and Arthur Igual) who are torn between masculine libidinal anxiety and the modern coupling trend. Armond White, National Review, "Class Consciousness, French- and American-Style," 18 Aug. 2017 For all of its technological resources and cultural dynamism, the world seems to know little of our county’s potential outside of Disneyland, the libidinal appeals of Real Housewives and the enduring appeal of the surfer culture. Margot Roosevelt, Orange County Register, "Without better jobs, affordable homes, people will leave O.C., Chapman researchers say," 16 Jan. 2017 As her work’s size and degree of enlargement grew, the imagery slid past raw candor to the edgeless realm of libidinal imagination. Nancy Princenthal, New York Times, "A ‘Nasty Woman’ of Contemporary Art Fearlessly Renders the Body NOV. 10, 2016," 11 Nov. 2016

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First Known Use of libidinal

1922, in the meaning defined above

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16 Jul 2020

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“Libidinal.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2020.

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li·​bid·​i·​nal | \ lə-ˈbid-ᵊn-əl, -ˈbid-nᵊl How to pronounce libidinal (audio) \

Medical Definition of libidinal

: of or relating to the libido

Other Words from libidinal

libidinally \ -​ē How to pronounce libidinally (audio) \ adverb

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