Oedipus n (Greek myth) the son of Laius and Jocasta, the king and queen of Thebes, who killed his father, being unaware of his identity, and unwittingly married his mother, by whom he had four children. When the truth was revealed, he put out his eyes and Jocasta killed herself
n (Psychoanal) a group of emotions, usually unconscious, involving the desire of a child, esp. a male child, to possess sexually the parent of the opposite sex while excluding the parent of the same sex
oedipal, oedipean adj
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