Definition of Electra complex in English:

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Electra complex

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noun

Psychoanalysis
Old-fashioned term for the Oedipus complex as manifested in young girls.
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

Early 20th century: named after Electra.

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Syllabification: E·lec·tra com·plex

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