death wish


desire for one's own death or for the death of another.
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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of death wish

  • Westernization is the dominant factor in the significant growth of death-wish believers among Muslim women.

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    The Next Wave of Jihadists

    Reuel Marc Gerecht

    March 11, 2010

  • This death-wish variety of moral preening runs throughout American history.

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    To Hell With Privacy

    Richard Miniter

    December 30, 2009

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British Dictionary definitions for death wish

death wish


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

death wish


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