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

Other Words from libidinal

libidinally adverb

Examples of libidinal in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Characters are driven by libidinal urges and petty vanity. Dennis Lim, The New Yorker, 15 May 2022 During some of the band’s more libidinal hits, mosh pits broke out in the crowd, and Durst regarded them curiously, like a pimple. New York Times, 16 July 2021 At other times, to step between the waist-high tires and make your way between the smooth or ribbed walls was to invade a space at a libidinal saturation impossible to describe to someone who has not known it. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, 1 Feb. 2021 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, 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, 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,, 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, 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, 31 Aug. 2017 See More

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1922, in the meaning defined above

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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 libidinal (audio) \ adverb


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