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death instinct

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  1. suicidal tendency or inclination; predisposition to self-destruction.
  2. Psychoanalysis. an impulse to withdraw or destroy, working in opposition to forces urging survival and creation (life instinct).
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Origin of death instinct

First recorded in 1915–20
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death instinct

  1. A primitive impulse for destruction, decay, and death, manifested by a turning away from pleasure, postulated by Sigmund Freud as coexisting with and opposing the life instinct.Thanatos
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