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Word of the Day – Decathect

By June 8, 2024Word of the Day

Decathect (verb)

dee-kath-ekt

to withdraw one’s feelings of attachment from (a person, idea, or object), as in anticipation of a future loss.

First recorded in 1955–60 in psychoanalysis.

Example sentences

“In truth he’d decathected from her the moment he learned of the cancer.”

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