ambivalence (n.) "simultaneous conflicting feelings," 1924 (1912 as ambivalency), from Ger. Ambivalenz, coined 1910 by Swiss psychologist Eugen Bleuler (1857-1939) on model of Ger. Equivalenz "equivalence," etc., from L. ambi- "both" (see AMBI- (Cf. ambi-)) + valentia "strength," from prp. of valere "be strong" (see VALIANT (Cf. valiant)). A psychological term that by 1929 had taken on a broader literary and general sense.

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