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libido Line breaks: li¦bido
Pronunciation: /lɪˈbiːdəʊ/

Definition of libido in English:

noun (plural libidos)

[mass noun]
1Sexual desire: loss of libido [count noun]: a deficient libido
More example sentences
  • They both want to make money, to work, and they're here to satisfy their libidos.
  • If your libidos are so disparate, that can't bode well.
  • I know it's not the most desirable answer, but people have different libidos when with different partners.
sex drive, sexual appetite, sexual passion, sexual urge, sexual longing;
informal horniness, the hots
British informal randiness
1.1 Psychoanalysis The energy of the sexual drive as a component of the life instinct.
Example sentences
  • The drive behind the artist's creative activity was unsatisfied libido manifesting itself in escapist phantasy.
  • Although this act demands the power of the libido and examines the border of life, it finds itself in the realm of death from the beginning.
  • Anyway, so Zeus is the keeper of libido - he controls where the energy gets directed.



Pronunciation: /lɪˈbɪdɪn(ə)l/
Example sentences
  • Thus critics tended to overlook the fact that postmodern photography was more expensively produced and packaged than any previously existing manifestation of the medium and also that much of it had a tremendous libidinal charge.
  • However repellant to moral convention, Freud always insisted that infantile sexuality was key to the whole theory, oral gratification the original libidinal experience underlying all later forms of sexual interaction.
  • The wedding crashers recognise that although libidinal energies come to be the motor-cause of celebration, it is love, real or imagined, that is the quasi-cause of weddings.


Example sentences
  • We might well imagine that a civilized community could consist of pairs of individuals, libidinally satisfied in each other.
  • These stones are usually extracted from the body of a sick person, but, libidinally charged in the dreams, they represent the male phallus in both its life-giving and life-destroying capacity.
  • Eros, the instinct of life to be libidinally bound to another, is in direct contrast to the death instinct, manifested by our destructiveness and aggressive hostility ‘against all and of all against each’.


Early 20th century: from Latin, literally 'desire, lust'.

  • love from Old English:

    As you might expect, love is almost as old as time. The word's ancient root is also the source of Latin lubido ‘desire’ (which gave us libido (early 20th century)). Love is blind goes back to classical times, but first appeared in English in Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in the 14th century. Lewis Carroll appears to have been the first to use love makes the world go round, in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland in 1865—he may have based it on a French folk song with the lines c'est l'amour, l'amour, l'amour, Qui fait la monde à la ronde, ‘it is love, love, love that makes the world go round’. In 1967 the Beatles sang ‘All You Need is Love’, and a slogan associated with the weepie film Love Story ( 1970) was ‘Love means never having to say you're sorry’. The love that dare not speak its name is homosexuality. The description is by the poet Lord Alfred Douglas, whose association with Oscar Wilde led to Wilde being imprisoned in Reading gaol for homosexual activity.

    The use of love in tennis and squash for a score of zero apparently derives from the phrase to play for love, that is for the love of the game, not for money. A popular explanation connects it with French l'oeuf ‘egg’, from the resemblance in shape between an egg and a zero ( see also duck).

    One caricature of actors is that they all gushingly call each other ‘love’. In the late 20th century an actor, or anyone actively involved in entertainment, came to be a luvvy, a respelling of lovey, an affectionate term of address used since the mid 18th century.

Words that rhyme with libido

aikido, bushido, credo, Guido, Ido, lido, speedo, teredo, torpedo, tuxedo

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