phallic

adjective phal·lic \ ˈfa-lik \
Updated on: 1 Dec 2017

Definition of phallic

1 : of or relating to phallicism
  • a phallic cult
2 : of, relating to, or resembling a phallus
3 : relating to or being the stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory that follows the anal stage and during which a child becomes interested in his or her own sexual organs

phallically

play \ˈfa-li-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of phallic in a Sentence

  1. The poem is filled with phallic imagery.

  2. an ancient Greek phallic symbol representing fertility

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First Known Use of phallic

1704


PHALLIC Defined for English Language Learners

phallic

adjective

Definition of phallic for English Language Learners

  • : of, relating to, or resembling a penis


Medical Dictionary

phallic

adjective phal·lic \ ˈfal-ik \

medical Definition of phallic

1 : of, relating to, or resembling a penis
2 : of, relating to, or characterized by the stage of psychosexual development in psychoanalytic theory following the anal stage and during which a child becomes interested in his or her own sexual organs — compare anal 2, genital 3, oral 3


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