phal·​lic | \ ˈfa-lik How to pronounce phallic (audio) \

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

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Other Words from phallic

phallically \ ˈfa-​li-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce phallically (audio) \ adverb

Examples of phallic in a Sentence

The poem is filled with phallic imagery. an ancient Greek phallic symbol representing fertility
Recent Examples on the Web One of these towers seems to have breasts; others in the back of the room are somehow phallic. New York Times, "From Fashion to a Fantasia in Stone," 30 Oct. 2020 Mother’s Milk’s run-in with a psycho-supe bestowed with a phallic tentacle (Andrew Jackson’s aptly named Love Sausage) stands as one of the season’s humorous highlights. Nick Schager,, "The Boys recap: The truth comes out," 25 Sep. 2020 Cyrus stirred some controversy following the release of her fourth studio album and its subsequent tour full of nipple pasties, provocative poses and phallic imagery. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "Here's a Full Timeline of Miley Cyrus & Cody Simpson's Relationship," 14 Aug. 2020 Other trans men opt for phalloplasty to give them a phallic structure with sensation. Karen Pallarito,, "Transgender Surgery: Everything You Need to Know, According to Doctors," 3 Aug. 2020 The pine tree-looking ones are vegetative and the rather phallic looking ones are spore-bearing. oregonlive, "Do recently planted blueberries need pruning? Ask an expert," 9 May 2020 Beyond their unsubtle phallic symbolism, missiles are engineered to protect through aggression: lock onto a target, penetrate its defenses, and subdue it in an explosive climax. Andrew Blum, The New Republic, "Why the U.S. Buys Too Many Missiles and Not Enough Masks," 21 Apr. 2020 The mixture of messages — the feminized dryer, the phallic gun — creates a seemingly dissonant pileup of signification that mixes male and female, desire and danger, laughter and heartache. Manohla Dargis, New York Times, "Brad Pitt and the Beauty Trap," 30 Jan. 2020 America carries big-stick energy around the world, a phallic project that places female leaders in the position of trying to replicate these behaviors in order to appear tough or reject them at the risk of appearing soft. Time, "It Matters That Elizabeth Warren Is a Woman. Why Do So Many on the Left Insist That It Doesn't?," 16 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of phallic

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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12 Nov 2020

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“Phallic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Nov. 2020.

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How to pronounce phallic (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of phallic

: of, relating to, or resembling a penis


phal·​lic | \ ˈfal-ik How to pronounce phallic (audio) \

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 sense 2, genital sense 3, oral sense 3

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