Skip to main content
Select Source:

Freudian slip

Freudian slip an unintentional error regarded as revealing subconscious feelings, named after the Austrian neurologist and psychotherapist Sigmund Freud (1856–1939). He was the first to emphasize the significance of unconscious processes in normal and neurotic behaviour, and was the founder of psychoanalysis as both a theory of personality and a therapeutic practice.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Freudian slip." The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. . Encyclopedia.com. 22 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Freudian slip." The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 22, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/freudian-slip

"Freudian slip." The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. . Retrieved August 22, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/freudian-slip

FREUDIAN SLIP

FREUDIAN SLIP. A term known technically in psychoanalysis as parapraxis, an unintentional mistake, usually in speech, that is held to reveal an unconscious (especially sexual) inclination or motivation: She What would you like: bread and butter or cake? He Bed and butter. In general use, the term often refers to any unintentional verbal slip. Compare SLIP OF THE TONGUE.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"FREUDIAN SLIP." Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language. . Encyclopedia.com. 22 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"FREUDIAN SLIP." Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 22, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/freudian-slip

"FREUDIAN SLIP." Concise Oxford Companion to the English Language. . Retrieved August 22, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/freudian-slip

Freudian slip

Freud·i·an slip • n. an unintentional error regarded as revealing subconscious feelings.

Cite this article
Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography.

  • MLA
  • Chicago
  • APA

"Freudian slip." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. 22 Aug. 2017 <http://www.encyclopedia.com>.

"Freudian slip." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Encyclopedia.com. (August 22, 2017). http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/freudian-slip-0

"Freudian slip." The Oxford Pocket Dictionary of Current English. . Retrieved August 22, 2017 from Encyclopedia.com: http://www.encyclopedia.com/humanities/dictionaries-thesauruses-pictures-and-press-releases/freudian-slip-0