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Line breaks: li¦bido
Pronunciation: /lɪˈbiːdəʊ
, lɪˈbʌɪdəʊ

Definition of libido in English:

noun (plural libidos)

[mass noun]
1Sexual desire: loss of libido [count noun]: a deficient libido
More example sentences
  • They both want to make money, to work, and they're here to satisfy their libidos.
  • If your libidos are so disparate, that can't bode well.
  • I know it's not the most desirable answer, but people have different libidos when with different partners.
sex drive, sexual appetite, sexual passion, sexual urge, sexual longing;
informal horniness, the hots
British informal randiness
1.1 Psychoanalysis The energy of the sexual drive as a component of the life instinct.
Example sentences
  • The drive behind the artist's creative activity was unsatisfied libido manifesting itself in escapist phantasy.
  • Although this act demands the power of the libido and examines the border of life, it finds itself in the realm of death from the beginning.
  • Anyway, so Zeus is the keeper of libido - he controls where the energy gets directed.


early 20th century: from Latin, literally 'desire, lust'.



Pronunciation: /lɪˈbɪdɪn(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Thus critics tended to overlook the fact that postmodern photography was more expensively produced and packaged than any previously existing manifestation of the medium and also that much of it had a tremendous libidinal charge.
  • However repellant to moral convention, Freud always insisted that infantile sexuality was key to the whole theory, oral gratification the original libidinal experience underlying all later forms of sexual interaction.
  • The wedding crashers recognise that although libidinal energies come to be the motor-cause of celebration, it is love, real or imagined, that is the quasi-cause of weddings.


Example sentences
  • We might well imagine that a civilized community could consist of pairs of individuals, libidinally satisfied in each other.
  • These stones are usually extracted from the body of a sick person, but, libidinally charged in the dreams, they represent the male phallus in both its life-giving and life-destroying capacity.
  • Eros, the instinct of life to be libidinally bound to another, is in direct contrast to the death instinct, manifested by our destructiveness and aggressive hostility ‘against all and of all against each’.

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