complex


complex
complex
1. The noun is familiar as a term in psychology meaning ‘a group of repressed feelings or thoughts which cause abnormal behaviour or mental states’, usually with some qualifying word, e.g. inferiority complex, Oedipus complex, and persecution complex. This use, has permeated everyday language in non-technical meanings. Examples:

• Both of them had a complex about economy and living within a budget —Mary McCarthy, 1954

• The roadmen went and got into a muddle with their flags…One of them…apparently gets a power complex every time anyone puts a red flag into his hand —C. Aird, 1973.

2. But by far the most common use of complex as a noun is in the sense ‘a group or network of buildings or systems’, typically qualified by adjectives or nouns such as housing, industrial, leisure, shopping, sports, etc. that pinpoint the activities involved. A power complex is more likely to be describing either an energy installation or the structure of political decision-making than an obsession with influence and authority.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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