Etymology
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cathexis (n.)

"concentration or accumulation of mental energy," 1922, from Latinized form of Greek kathexis "a holding, retention," from kata- "down" (see cata-) + ekhein "to hold, possess, retain" (from PIE root *segh- "to hold"). Used by psychologists to render Freud's (Libido)besetzung.

updated on November 14, 2022

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