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, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of penis envy was in 1924

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“Penis envy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/penis%20envy. Accessed 11 Apr. 2021.

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penis envy

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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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