libido

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noun li·bi·do \lə-ˈbē-(ˌ)dō also ˈli-bə-ˌdō\

Definition of libido

plural

libidos

  1. 1 :  instinctual psychic energy that in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges (as for sexual pleasure or self-preservation) and that is expressed in conscious activity

  2. 2 :  sexual drive

Examples of libido in a sentence

  1. Lack of libido may be a sign of depression.

Did You Know?

The Latin word libido, meaning "desire, lust", was borrowed by Sigmund Freud as the name for a concept in his own theories. At first he defined libido to mean the instinctual energy associated with the sex drive. Later he broadened the word's meaning and began using it to mean the mental energy behind purposeful human activity of any kind; in other words, the libido (for which Freud also used the term eros, a Greek word meaning "sexual love") came to be regarded as the life instinct, which included sex along with all the other impulses we rely on to keep us alive. But those of us who aren't psychologists use the word simply as a synonym for "sex drive".

Origin and Etymology of libido

New Latin libidin-, libido, from Latin, desire, lust, from libēre to please — more at love


First Known Use: 1909


LIBIDO Defined for English Language Learners

libido

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noun li·bi·do \lə-ˈbē-(ˌ)dō also ˈli-bə-ˌdō\

Definition of libido for English Language Learners

  • : a person's desire to have sex


Medical Dictionary

noun li·bi·do \lə-ˈbēd-(ˌ)ō also ˈlib-ə-ˌdō or lə-ˈbī-(ˌ)dō\

Medical Definition of libido

plural

libidos

  1. 1:  instinctual psychic energy that in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges (as for sexual pleasure or self-preservation) and that is expressed in conscious activity

  2. 2:  sexual drive


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