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death wish

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noun
  1. desire for one's own death or for the death of another.
  2. Psychiatry. a suicidal desire, manifested by passivity, withdrawal, and absorption in nihilistic thoughts, that may eventually lead to suicidal behavior.

Origin of death wish

First recorded in 1910–15
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British Dictionary definitions for death wish

death wish

noun
  1. (in Freudian psychology) the desire for self-annihilationSee also Thanatos
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death wish in Medicine

death wish

n.
  1. A desire for self-destruction, often accompanied by feelings of depression, hopelessness, and self-reproach.
  2. A suicidal urge that presumably drives certain people to put themselves consistently into dangerous situations.
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