Definition of Electra complex in English:

Electra complex

Syllabification: E·lec·tra com·plex


  • Old-fashioned term for the Oedipus complex as manifested in young girls.
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    • Moreover, Glen's mother suffered from an Electra complex that ranged from extreme love, to extreme hatred, of her own father.
    • This wacky Canadian, who both wrote and directed this lurid spin on the Electra complex, cast his daughter in the lead role.
    • Her desire to get her father's attention with lipstick is characteristic of the Electra complex she has for him.


early 20th century: named after Electra.

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