Definition of Freudian in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈfroidēən/


1Relating to or influenced by Sigmund Freud and his methods of psychoanalysis, especially with reference to the importance of sexuality in human behavior.
Example sentences
  • Increasingly, however, Freudian psychology was influencing how scholars thought about early childhood and the development of sexuality and masculine and feminine characteristics.
  • After his chess career ended, Fine became an exponent of Freudian psychoanalysis, authoring important works in the field.
  • But I thought foolishly that Freudian psychoanalysis was deeper and more intensive than other, more directive forms of therapy, so I was trained in it and practiced it.
1.1Susceptible to analysis in terms of unconscious desires: he wasn’t sure whether his passion for water power had some deep Freudian significance
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  • When I mentioned the story to Bill, he couldn't remember the incident, but added, ‘I'm sure there was some deep-seated Freudian significance.’
  • We find ourselves scribbling in large circles, gradually spiralling inwards into a densely layered doodle of no doubt strong Freudian significance.


A follower of Freud or his methods.
Example sentences
  • Freud is often praised by Freudians for his apparent flexibility; for his willingness to alter his theories as psychoanalysis grew and developed.
  • Even modern Freudians, or psychodynamic theoreticians, seem to be hampered by Freud's outmoded evolutionary speculations, but still the interest for evolutionary explanations exists.
  • For example, Freudians and behaviourists had different methods, but they also had a different agenda.



Pronunciation: /ˈfroidēəˌnizəm/
Example sentences
  • Perhaps the two theories that have been most eclipsed by recent developments are Freudianism and behaviorism.
  • Critics discovered in Dracula an almost endless source for readings on Freudianism, Marxism and feminism, the depths of which they plumed with gleeful abandon.
  • Today, Freudianism is widely regarded as an example of pseudoscience.
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