oe·di·pal 'ed-ə-pəl, 'ēd- adj, often cap of, relating to, or resulting from the Oedipus complex
oe·di·pal·ly -pə-lē adv, often cap Oe·di·pus 'ed-i-pəs, 'ēd- Greek mythological character. In Greek mythology Oedipus was the son of Laius and Jocasta, the king and queen of Thebes. Because at his birth an oracle had predicted that he would someday murder his father and marry his mother, Oedipus was abandoned by his parents, but he survived to maturity. Through a highly improbable series of circumstances, he fulfilled the prophecy: he unknowingly slew his father and later married his widowed mother, thereby succeeding his father to the throne. When the truth was eventually revealed to all, Jocasta committed suicide and Oedipus blinded himself.

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  • Oedipal — (adj.) 1939, of or pertaining to desire felt for opposite sex parent, from Oedipus complex (1910), coined by Freud from Sophocles play Oedipus Tyrannus, in which the title character, the Theban hero, answers the Sphinx s riddle and unknowingly… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Oedipal — [ed′i pəl, ē′dipəl] adj. [also o ] of or relating to the Oedipus complex …   English World dictionary

  • oedipal — oe·di·pal || É™dɪpl / ɪːdɪpl adj. pertaining to Oedipus (Greek Mythology); pertaining to the Oedipal complex (Psychology) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • oedipal — adjective related to an Oedipus complex: oedipal fantasies …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • Oedipal — Oedipus complex ► NOUN ▪ (in Freudian theory) the complex of emotions aroused in a young child by an unconscious sexual desire for the parent of the opposite sex. DERIVATIVES Oedipal adjective. ORIGIN by association with Oedipus in Greek… …   English terms dictionary

  • oedipal — adjective Usage: often capitalized Date: 1939 of, relating to, or resulting from the Oedipus complex • oedipally adverb, often capitalized …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • oedipal — /ed euh peuhl, ee deuh /, adj. (often cap.) of, characterized by, or resulting from the Oedipus complex. [1935 40; OEDIP(US COMPLEX) + AL1] * * * …   Universalium

  • Oedipal — adjective /idəpɛl,idəpəl/ Of or relating to the Oedipus complex …   Wiktionary

  • oedipal — oe|di|pal [ˈi:dıpəl US ˈe ] adj [usually before noun] related to an Oedipus complex …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • oedipal — oed|i|pal [ edıpl, idıpl ] adjective related to an Oedipus complex …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

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