Etymology
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libido (n.)

"psychic drive or energy, usually associated with sexual instinct," 1892, carried over untranslated in English edition of Krafft-Ebing's "Psychopathia Sexualis"; and used in 1909 in A.A. Brill's translation of Freud's "Selected Papers on Hysteria" (Freud's use of the term led to its popularity); from Latin libido, lubido "desire, eagerness, longing; inordinate desire, sensual passion, lust," from libere "to be pleasing, to please," from PIE root *leubh- "to care, desire, love" (source also of love).

updated on May 08, 2017

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Definitions of libido from WordNet

libido (n.)
(psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire;
Etymologies are not definitions. From wordnet.princeton.edu, not affiliated with etymonline.