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polymorphous perversity

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Definition of polymorphous perversity in English:

noun

[mass noun] Psychology
A generalized sexual desire that can be excited and gratified in many ways, normal in young children but unusual in adults: the impulses of an infantile polymorphously perverse character
More example sentences
  • His vision of childhood is a kind of - a bit like Freud, a state of polymorphous perversity - a state of welcoming experience as both innocent and strangely perverse, because it doesn't obey adult rules.
  • In this compelling account, Howard suggests that Freund's inability to accept his own polymorphous perversity, his failure to recognize his place in a ‘community of sexuality,’ precipitates his passive suicide.
  • ‘Boyhood,’ she writes (poetically if not entirely convincingly), ‘is a playground and the game is polymorphous perversity.’

Derivatives

polymorphously perverse

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adjective
Example sentences
  • According to Freud, prior to the Oedipus complex, the child is polymorphously perverse; that is, it receives sexual gratification from bodily functions and sensations not directly tied to sexual intercourse.
  • If Picasso is polymorphously perverse, he sublimates it into a promiscuous play with form and style.
  • The polymorphously perverse nature of infantile sexuality would be a function of the child's vulnerability to being shattered into sexuality.

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