Definition of phallic in English:


Syllabification: phal·lic
Pronunciation: /ˈfalik


  • 1Of, relating to, or resembling a phallus or erect penis: a phallic symbol
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    • Shiva is also the god of fertility and is mostly worshipped in the phallic symbol called Linga.
    • If the sports car is considered some sort of phallic substitute or symbol, then the quad bike is equally emblematic.
    • Weapons carried by the gang are shaped into huge phallic symbols, demonstrating a sense of vigorous male power or animal instinct, manifested in behaviour like the marking of territory.
  • 1.1 Psychoanalysis Of or denoting the genital phase of psychosexual development, especially in males.
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    • Freudian theory would suggest that the corporate cultures of these organizations often institutionalize various combinations of oral, phallic and genital sexuality.
    • Much of the tragedy of the story can be traced to the unhappy childhood of Luke and Leia; with their mother dead, Luke has no focus for his sexual desires during the phallic stage of his development.
    • We talk about sexual openness and sexual ambiguity, yet the current psychological ideal of phallic masculinity is as rigid and coercive as it ever was.



Pronunciation: /-(ə)lē/
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  • The largest and busiest altar was for Gede, the often phallically depicted lwa of death, cemeteries, and sexual resurrection.
  • By displaying musical workers and their tools (usually phallically invested guitars), these magazines designate craftsmanship and professionalism as vectors of male empowerment.
  • Its frontage gleams with neon, and above the gaudy porch is a statue of a four-horsed laurel-wreathed charioteer, his spear raised phallically into the dull London sky.


late 18th century: from French phallique, from Greek phallikos, from phallos (see phallus).

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