Oedipal (adj.) 1939, "of or pertaining to desire felt for opposite-sex parent," from Oedipus complex (1910), coined by Freud from Sophocles' play "Oedipus Tyrannus," in which the title character, the Theban hero, answers the Sphinx's riddle and unknowingly kills his father and marries his own mother; from Gk. OEDIPUS (Cf. Oedipus). The name was used figuratively in English from 1550s for "one who is clever at guessing riddles," which had adjectival form Oedipean (1620s).

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  • Oedipal — [ed′i pəl, ē′dipəl] adj. [also o ] of or relating to the Oedipus complex …   English World dictionary

  • oedipal — oe·di·pal || É™dɪpl / ɪːdɪpl adj. pertaining to Oedipus (Greek Mythology); pertaining to the Oedipal complex (Psychology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oedipal — adjective related to an Oedipus complex: oedipal fantasies …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Oedipal — Oedipus complex ► NOUN ▪ (in Freudian theory) the complex of emotions aroused in a young child by an unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex. DERIVATIVES Oedipal adjective. ORIGIN by association with Oedipus in Greek… …   English terms dictionary

  • oedipal — adjective Usage: often capitalized Date: 1939 of, relating to, or resulting from the Oedipus complex • oedipally adverb, often capitalized …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oedipal — /ed euh peuhl, ee deuh /, adj. (often cap.) of, characterized by, or resulting from the Oedipus complex. [1935 40; OEDIP(US COMPLEX) + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Oedipal — adjective /idəpɛl,idəpəl/ Of or relating to the Oedipus complex …   Wiktionary

  • oedipal — oe·di·pal ed ə pəl, ēd adj, often cap of, relating to, or resulting from the Oedipus complex oe·di·pal·ly pə lē adv, often cap Oe·di·pus ed i pəs, ēd Greek mythological character. In Greek mythology Oedipus was the son of Laius and Jocasta, the… …   Medical dictionary

  • oedipal — oe|di|pal [ˈi:dıpəl US ˈe ] adj [usually before noun] related to an Oedipus complex …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oedipal — oed|i|pal [ edıpl, idıpl ] adjective related to an Oedipus complex …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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