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death wish

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noun

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.

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RELATED WORDS

pessimism

Nearby words

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Origin of death wish

First recorded in 1910–15
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for death wish

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

    The Next Wave of Jihadists|Reuel Marc Gerecht|March 11, 2010|DAILY BEAST
  • This death-wish variety of moral preening runs throughout American history.

    To Hell With Privacy|Richard Miniter|December 30, 2009|DAILY BEAST
  • A much worse confusion seems to underlie the assurance that back of every dream one finds the "death-clause," or death-wish.

  • Let us continue with the removal or death-wish which most frequently can be traced back to the unbounded egoism of the dreamer.

British Dictionary definitions for death wish

death wish


noun

(in Freudian psychology) the desire for self-annihilationSee also Thanatos
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Medicine definitions for death wish

death wish


n.

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.
The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company.