Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Dictionary

A modern dictionary of Catholic terms, both common and obscure. Find accurate definitions of words and phrases.

Search:

Or browse the dictionary by selecting a letter!
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

LIBIDO

Basic term in psychoanalysis for all the instinctive urges of a human person, and particularly for the sexual drive. In moral theology the libido stands for the procreative appetite, with the implication that this appetite is part of fallen human nature and therefore needs divine grace to be controlled. (Etym. Latin libido, desire, enjoyment; inordinate desire; lust.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

Subscribe for free
Shop Amazon
Click here to advertise on CatholicCulture.org

Recent Catholic Commentary

Oh, that sort of misconduct [UPDATED] 17 hours ago
Don’t worry about terrorism; worry about workplace violence? 17 hours ago
Doing Great Things for Christ 18 hours ago
Two steps forward, one step back: mixed signals from Vatican on abuse and accountability September 26
The Annulment Question, and Much More September 26

Top Catholic News

Most Important Stories of the Last 30 Days
Cardinals criticize Kasper proposal, escalating debate on remarriage/Communion CWN - September 18
Cardinal Parolin: UN must protect innocents from Islamic State CWN - 6 hours ago