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

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The show’s designs are perfectly adequate, but its desire to make everything that’s not a human being appear either vaguely phallic or vulva-like means there’s a sameness to the designs here and there. Todd Vanderwerff, Vox, "How Big Mouth season 2 turns the horrors of puberty into sweet, nuanced comedy," 5 Oct. 2018 Kusama started sewing the soft, phallic protrusions that became one of her hallmarks; Claes Oldenburg, who had been working with mainly hard materials at that time, switched to fabric. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "Kusama: Infinity Makes the Case for the Japanese Artist as a Feminist Force," 7 Sep. 2018 Clusters of tree stumps appear both petrified and phallic. Christopher Knight,, "'Made in L.A. 2018': Why the Hammer biennial is the right show for disturbing times," 5 June 2018 Several cars, street signs and utilities boxes had been spray painted with graffiti, ranging from swastikas to racial slurs to phallic symbols. Caroline Blackmon, Detroit Free Press, "Vandals spray painted swastikas, racial slurs in Independence Township," 12 July 2018 One of the more lighthearted scenes involved Bourdain and Aronofsky visiting Punakha, a district in Bhutan famous for phallic art. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "Recap: Anthony Bourdain's 'Parts Unknown' Goes to Bhutan," 25 June 2018 Kole picks the tattoo (typically a phallic design). Avalon R. Zoppo,, "Senior Week in Wildwood: A money-making machine that residents love to hate," 20 June 2018 Jen is violently penetrated, twice, and it could be argued that this branch becomes a source of phallic power. Katie Walsh,, "Bloody, beautiful 'Revenge' continues cherchez la femme genre wave," 10 May 2018 Back at Michigan, a residence hall director reported a phallic snow sculpture as a bias incident in February 2016. Jillian Kay Melchior, WSJ, "The Bias Response Team Is Watching," 8 May 2018

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First Known Use of phallic

1704, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of phallic was in 1704

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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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