suicidal tendency or inclination; predisposition to self-destruction.
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
Words nearby death instinct
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Medical definitions for death instinct
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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