Definition of Oedipus complex noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

Oedipus complex

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//ˈiːdɪpəs kɒmpleks//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈiːdɪpəs kɑːmpleks//
 
, usually NAmE//ˈedɪpəs kɑːmpleks//
 
[singular](psychology)
 
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feelings of sexual desire that a boy has for his mother and the jealous feelings towards his father that this causes compare Electra complex From the Greek story of Oedipus, whose father Laius had been told by the oracle that his son would kill him. Laius left Oedipus on a mountain to die, but a shepherd rescued him. Oedipus returned home many years later but did not recognize his parents. He killed his father and married his mother, Jocasta.
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