Freudian slip

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Named for psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˌfɹɔɪd.ɪ.ən ˈslɪp/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˌfɹɔɪd.i.ən ˈslɪp/
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Freudian slip (plural Freudian slips)

  1. A mistake in speech or action in which a person supposedly shows their true subconscious desires.
    • Review of The Anatomy of Personality (published 1936) "After disposing of these general topics in a chapter entitled " The Manners of All Men " (but which, by some Freudian slip, we sup- pose, deals chiefly with ' The Impure Man')"
    • The Work of Art in the Epoch of its Technical Reproducibility (published 1938) "Film has in fact enriched our world of perception, with methods which could be illustrated by Freudian theory. A Freudian slip in conversation would occur fifty years ago more or less unnoticed."
    • The Age - Apr 11, 1989 "I always felt I was doing a bit of bluffing. I wondered the same when he referred to some of, his ideas being "away with the pixies", Freudian slip or did he intend .."
    • The Pittsburgh Press - Nov 29, 1989 "After reviewing a tape of a newscast done by our candidate, in my enthusiasm I made my Freudian slip"