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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ Drinking too much often results in a loss of libido.
▪ Most doctors agree that a suppressed libido is often associated with emotional and psychological problems.
▪ Both cheeks and my libido are stinging....
▪ Discovering the reason for the temporary loss of libido and keeping the whole problem in perspective will help.
▪ It doesn't take some one with a libido stuck in overdrive to imagine the line of raunchy clothes the company might design.
▪ Men, too, can experience an increase in libido once the pressures of work have ceased.
▪ Problems start when your partner doesn't share your level of libido.
▪ The libido building its own organisation.
▪ They are eager to try anything they hear will boost their immune system, vitality and libido.
▪ This is probably a result of evolutionary selection, and seems deeply wired into the human libido.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

libido \li*bi"do\ (l[i^]*b[=e]"d[-o]), n.

  1. Sexual desire; the sexual instinct; the sex drive.

  2. (Psychoanalysis) Those desires and instinctual energies which are derived from the id.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"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 "desire, lust," from libere "to be pleasing, to please," ultimately cognate with Old English lufu (see love (n.)).


n. 1 (context common usage English) Sexual urges or drives. 2 (context psychology English) Drives or mental energies related to or based on sexual instincts but not necessarily sexual in and of themselves.


n. (psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire


Libido , colloquially known as sex drive, is a person's overall sexual drive or desire for sexual activity. Sex drive is influenced by biological, psychological and social factors. Biologically, the sex hormones and associated neurotransmitters that act upon the nucleus accumbens (primarily testosterone and dopamine, respectively) regulate libido in humans. Social factors, such as work and family, and internal psychological factors, like personality and stress, can affect libido. Sex drive can also be affected by medical conditions, medications, lifestyle and relationship issues, and age (e.g., puberty). A person who has extremely frequent or a suddenly increased sex drive may be experiencing hypersexuality, while the opposite condition is hyposexuality.

A person may have a desire for sex, but not have the opportunity to act on that desire, or may on personal, moral or religious reasons refrain from acting on the urge. Psychologically, a person's urge can be repressed or sublimated. On the other hand, a person can engage in sexual activity without an actual desire for it. Multiple factors affect human sex drive, including stress, illness, pregnancy, and others.

Sexual desires are often an important factor in the formation and maintenance of intimate relationships in humans. A lack or loss of sexual desire can adversely affect relationships. Changes in the sexual desires of any partner in a sexual relationship, if sustained and unresolved, may cause problems in the relationship. The infidelity of a partner may be an indication that a partner's changing sexual desires can no longer be satisfied within the current relationship. Problems can arise from disparity of sexual desires between partners, or poor communication between partners of sexual needs and preferences.

A person is sex starved or sexually frustrated when they have a libido but cannot satisfy it due to a lack of outlet or companion to release their sexual tension.

Libido (band)
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Libido (disambiguation)

Libido usually refers to sexual drive. Libido may also refer to:

Libido (1973 film)

Libido is a 1973 Australian drama film comprising 4 segments written and directed as independent stories, but screened together as one piece, exploring a common theme of instinctive desire and contemporary sexuality.

John B. Murray directs a segment called "The Husband", written by Craig McGregor, Tim Burstall directs "The Child", from a screenplay by Hal Porter, Fred Schepisi directs Thomas Keneally's "The Priest" and David Baker directs playwright David Williamson's screenplay for "The Family Man".

Libido (Líbido album)

Libido is the first studio album by Líbido (band), released in 1998.

Libido (2013 film)

Libido is a 2013 Egyptian short film by Youssef Alimam about the premarital sex scene in Egypt. The comedic documentary sheds a playful light on the more serious issue of traditional norms that are slowly being broken down by Egyptian youth. Mazen, the main character, is a young Egyptian man trying to deal with his sexual desires. The use of cartoons along with actual actors makes the serious content more playful, and more relatable to youth groups in the Middle East. The film is available for viewing on YouTube.

Líbido (band)

Líbido is a Peruvian rock band formed in 1996.

Band members are Salim Vera ( vocals, guitars), Antonio Jauregui ( bass), Manolo Hidalgo (lead guitar), Jeffry Fischman ( drums) (1996–2005) and Ivan Mindreau (drums) (2005–present). They are winners of two Los Premios MTV Latinoamérica, in the categories: Best Artist — Southwest ( 2002), and Best Artist — Central ( 2003) and have toured all over Peru.

Libido (Buck-O-Nine album)

Libido is the fourth album from Buck-O-Nine and was originally released in 1999 on TVT Records. The album marks a slight musical departure for the band, as they expanded their musical style slightly to include more rock and pop influence. Overall, however, the album remains rooted in the band's traditional style of ska, punk rock and reggae influences. Libido features Philadelphia drummer Chuck Treece, who was brought on board for pre-production and recording sessions, while the band auditioned drummers to replace original drummer Steve Bauer.

The idea for the album cover was taken from an old magazine advertisement from the 1970s. The photo featured a stereotypical 1970s playboy-type staring over his shoulder at the girl in the bikini. The band was unable to secure a release to use the original photo, so instead they re-created it on the shores of Pacific Beach in San Diego, CA – not far from the location where the "My Town" video was filmed.

Libido (Brigitte Fontaine album)

Libido is the sixteenth album by experimental French singer Brigitte Fontaine, released in 2006 on the Polydor label. It once again features a collaboration with -M- on the song Mister Mystère, which -M- also sang solo on his fourth album, to which it gave its title. Brigitte Fontaine, for the first time in more than thirty years, calls upon arranger Jean-Claude Vannier for some songs, Barbe à papa and Mendelssohn. The title of Château intérieur comes from a book by Teresa of Ávila, although Fontaine admitted she didn't read it.

Usage examples of "libido".

My knees almost melted at the double entendre, but I stiffened them and reminded my libido that he was a thief who had cruelly stolen my aquamanile and left me at the mercy of the gendarmes.

I stiffened them and reminded my libido that he was a thief who had cruelly stolen my aquamanile and left me at the mercy of the gendarmes.

Every homosexual is a latent heterosexual, every authoritarian cop is the shell over an anarchistic libido.

Add to the fact that the natural swelling and lubrication around the vagina slow after you age, and loss of libido represents the female equivalent of erectile dysfunction.

In the other leg of the L, besides the armchair, were more books, a heavy concertina blind sealing off the window, two narrow doors that I supposed were those of a closet and a lavatory, and what looked like a slightly scaled-down and windowless telephone booth until I guessed it must be an orgone box of the sort Reich had invented to restore the libido when the patient occupies it.

The titillation of the gift was playing havoc with his libido and his temper, and every time he rubbed his thumb across the lace in his pocket, he grew harder.

Now she was in a region of ambivalent drives, and of nebulous and stillborn wishes, anxieties, doubts interwoven with regressive beliefs and libido wishes of a fantastic nature.

Either the analysand is phenomenally ignorant of anatomy, especially female anatomy, or he is here hallucinating a manic wish-fantasy born of libido too long suppressed.

Hoo-boy, did it always get this hot in Lowth, or had her part-time job affected her libido?

The diagnostic project has quite simply exploded into a dreamscape ruled by libido and pulsion, and we see just how subversive literature as an art form can be: it depicts a series of events, but we sense that they are merely a cover, a facade for other, darker forces.

Is my psychological anguish due solely or even primarily to repressing the libido?

Where the hell was all this libido when there was a willing, unentangled woman around?

For me the serenity was the strongest of the castration effects, followed by the decrease in libido.

  Quis enim adeo obtunisi (obtusi) pectores (is) et a sensu inhumanitatis extorris est qui ignorare potest immo non senserit in venalibus rebus quaevel in mercimoniis aguntur vel diurna urbium conversatione tractantur, in tantum se licen liam defusisse, ut effraenata libido rapien - rum copia nec annorum ubertatibus mitigaretur.

I was actually getting a reputation as a man who was either devoted to duty, or was devoted to some off-scene girlfriend, or was gay, or who had a low libido, or who perhaps had been hit below the belt by one of those bullets.