superego

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noun su·per·ego \ˌsü-pər-ˈē-(ˌ)gō also -ˈe-(ˌ)gō\

Definition of superego

  1. :  the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that is only partly conscious, represents internalization of parental conscience and the rules of society, and functions to reward and punish through a system of moral attitudes, conscience, and a sense of guilt — compare ego, id

Origin and Etymology of superego

New Latin, translation of German Über-ich, from über over + ich I


First Known Use: 1908


SUPEREGO Defined for English Language Learners

superego

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noun su·per·ego \ˌsü-pər-ˈē-(ˌ)gō also -ˈe-(ˌ)gō\

Definition of superego for English Language Learners

  • psychology : a part of a person's mind that relates to attitudes about what is right and wrong and to feelings of guilt


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superego

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noun su·per·ego \ˌsü-pər-ˈē-(ˌ)gō also ˈsü-pər-ˌ, -ˈeg-(ˌ)ō\

Medical Definition of superego

  1. :  the one of the three divisions of the psyche in psychoanalytic theory that is only partly conscious, represents internalization of parental conscience and the rules of society, and functions to reward and punish through a system of moral attitudes, conscience, and a sense of guilt—compare ego, id[1]


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