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noun [countable] Oedipus complex pronunciation in British English /ˈiːdɪpəs ˌkɒmpleks/
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singularOedipus complex
pluralOedipus complexes
 
  1. an unconscious sexual feeling that a son has towards his mother, at the same time hating his father
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From the Greek story of Oedipus who, without realizing what he was doing, killed his father and married his mother.
 

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