Monday, 30 September 2013

Entry: anaclitic (adj.)

In context: "Defining yourself in opposition to something is still being anaclitic on that thing, isn't it?"

Definition:   Orig. in phr. anaclitic type (tr. German Anlehnungstypus (Freud), lit. ‘leaning-on type’), a person whose choice of a ‘love object’ is governed by the dependence of the libido on another instinct, e.g. hunger; also in extended use, characterized by dependence on another or others (see quots.).

Other: Fascinating word.  I'm not sure how easily I'll be able to work it into conversation.  Any suggestions?

SNOOT score: 2
Page: 1048

Source: Oxford English Dictionary   

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