Libido
1. Sexual drive. 2. In psychoanalysis, the psychic energy from all instinctive biological drives. Libido in Latin means "desire, longing, fancy, lust, or rut." Although the adjective libidinous, meaning lustful, has been used in English for 500 or so years, libido only entered the language in 1913, thanks to Sigmund Freud and other psychoanalysts who applied the term to psychic energy or drive, and especially to the sexual instinct.
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1. Conscious or unconscious sexual desire. 2. Any passionate interest or form of life force. 3. In jungian psychology, synonymous with psychic energy. [L. lust]
- object l. l. invested in the object, in contradistinction to that invested in the ego.

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li·bi·do lə-'bēd-(.)ōalso 'lib-ə-.dōor lə-'bī-(.)dō n, pl -dos
1) instinctual psychic energy that in psychoanalytic theory is derived from primitive biological urges (as for sexual pleasure or self-preservation) and that is expressed in conscious activity
2) sexual drive

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n.
the sexual drive: the term is often used to refer to the intensity of sexual desires. In psychoanalytic theory, the libido (like the death instinct) is said to be one of the fundamental sources of energy for all mental life. The normal course of development (see psychosexual development) can be altered by fixation at one level and by regression.

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li·bi·do (lĭ-beґdo) (lĭ-biґdo) pl. libidґines [L.] 1. sexual desire. 2. the psychic energy derived from instinctive biological drives; in early freudian theory it was restricted to the sexual drive, then expanded to include all expressions of love and pleasure, but the concept has evolved to include also the death instinct.

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  • LIBIDO — «Libido (grec, epithumia ). Das Verlangen nach Etwas [l’envie de quelque chose]. Die Begierde [le désir]; die Wollust [la luxure]. Geilheit [le rut]. Cf. latin, libet , lubet : es gefällt [il convient], Behagt [il plaît]. Sedes libidinis =… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • libido — LÍBIDO s.n. (med.) Dorinţa de satisfacere a instinctului sexual. – Din lat., fr. libido. Trimis de gudovan, 26.04.2004. Sursa: DEX 98  LÍBIDO s. (PSIHANALIZĂ) eros. Trimis de siveco, 05.08.2004. Sursa: Sinonime  líbido s. n., ar …   Dicționar Român

  • Libido — Sf sexuelle Energie per. Wortschatz fach. (20. Jh.) Entlehnung. Von S. Freud gebraucht nach l. libīdo Lust , einer Ableitung von l. libet es beliebt . Adjektiv: libidinös.    Ebenso ne. libido, nfrz. libido, nndl. libido, nschw. libido, nnorw.… …   Etymologisches Wörterbuch der deutschen sprache

  • Libido. — Libido.   Nach S. Freud (Psychoanalyse) liegt die Libido als sexuelle Triebkraft allen Lebensäußerungen zugrunde, die auf Lustgewinn gerichtet sind. Sie kann auf die eigene Person (Ich Libido) oder auf ein äußeres Objekt (Objekt Libido;… …   Universal-Lexikon

  • líbido — impulso o deseo sexual. Diccionario ilustrado de Términos Médicos.. Alvaro Galiano. 2010. libido 1. energía psíquica o conducta instintiva asociada con el placer, creatividad o deseo …   Diccionario médico

  • libido — ‘Deseo sexual’: «A mí el vino me sube la libido» (Bayly Días [Perú 1996]). Es voz llana: [libído]. No es correcta la forma esdrújula ⊕ líbido, debida al influjo del adjetivo lívido (‘amoratado’ o ‘pálido’; → lívido), con el que no debe… …   Diccionario panhispánico de dudas

  • LIBIDO — plerarumque haeresium esca, ut videre est hîc passim, inprimis ubi de Fem. Comm. Idem apud Idololatras omnis aevi obtinuit, quorum nonnullis etiam inter sacros suae impietatis ritus meretricatus et scortatio fuit, uti passim itidem diximus. Et… …   Hofmann J. Lexicon universale

  • libido — psychic drive or energy, usually associated with sexual instinct, 1892, carried over untranslated in English edition of Krafft Ebing s Psychopathia Sexualis ; and used in 1909 in A.A. Brill s translation of Freud s Selected Papers on Hysteria… …   Etymology dictionary

  • libido — s. f. 1. Desejo sexual. 2. Luxúria. 3.  [Psicanálise] Energia fundamental do ser vivo que se manifesta pela sexualidade. (Freud faz dela a expressão do «instinto de viver» [eros], e opõe na ao «instinto da morte» [desejo de autodestruição].)… …   Dicionário da Língua Portuguesa

  • libido — lìbido m DEFINICIJA psihofizičke manifestacije u vezi sa spolnim nagonom, spolni žar, spolna požuda ETIMOLOGIJA lat. libido ≃ libēre: goditi; libidinosus: požudan …   Hrvatski jezični portal

  • libido — sustantivo femenino 1. (no contable) Área: psicología Deseo sexual y sus distintas manifestaciones: Está dominado por la libido …   Diccionario Salamanca de la Lengua Española

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