Definition of phallic in English:

phallic

adjective

  • 1Relating to or resembling a phallus or erect penis.

    ‘a phallic symbol’
    • ‘Shiva is also the god of fertility and is mostly worshipped in the phallic symbol called Linga.’
    • ‘Weapons carried by the gang are shaped into huge phallic symbols, demonstrating a sense of vigorous male power or animal instinct, manifested in behaviour like the marking of territory.’
    • ‘If the sports car is considered some sort of phallic substitute or symbol, then the quad bike is equally emblematic.’
    • ‘The last piece is Louise Bourgeois' Fillette, a phallic object combining male and female elements.’
    • ‘Equally, the power of corporate towers is manifest in up-looking, phallic worship, and in the motherly (that is, custodial) surveillance of the world below.’
    1. 1.1Psychiatry
      Of or denoting the genital phase of psychosexual development, especially in males.
      ‘the phallic phase’
      • ‘If depression is warded off in phallic omnipotence and evacuated into the feminine part of the personality, we can formulate a psychoanalytic interpretation of Kreon's behaviour.’
      • ‘Much of the tragedy of the story can be traced to the unhappy childhood of Luke and Leia; with their mother dead, Luke has no focus for his sexual desires during the phallic stage of his development.’
      • ‘Freudian theory would suggest that the corporate cultures of these organizations often institutionalize various combinations of oral, phallic and genital sexuality.’
      • ‘We talk about sexual openness and sexual ambiguity, yet the current psychological ideal of phallic masculinity is as rigid and coercive as it ever was.’
      • ‘When looking at the body of psychoanalytic literature dealing with perversions it becomes evident that today there is clearly fading support of the theory of phallic primacy.’

Origin

Late 18th century: from French phallique, from Greek phallikos, from phallos (see phallus).

Pronunciation:

phallic

/ˈfalɪk/