penis envy

noun

Definition of penis envy

: the supposed coveting of the penis by a young human female which is held in Freudian psychoanalytic theory to lead to feelings of inferiority and defensive or compensatory behavior

First Known Use of penis envy

1924


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penis envy

noun penis en·vy \ -ˌen-vē \

medical Definition of penis envy

: the supposed coveting of the penis by a young human female which is held in Freudian psychoanalytic theory to lead to feelings of inferiority and defensive or compensatory behavior

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