an ancient Greek personification of death.
Psychoanalysis. (usually lowercase) the death instinct, especially as expressed in violent aggression.
Related formsThan·a·tot·ic [than-uh-tot-ik] /ˌθæn əˈtɒt ɪk/, adjective
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Historical Examples of thanatos
But there is one reason more, which I have reserved for the last: Thanatos summons me.
At noon she awoke, crying aloud that the Red Mouse claimed her soul from Thanatos.
The Greeks had imagined Thanatos 14 as a winged genius; that was correct.
The wind blew the flame of the lamp into darkness; the moon still shone through the storm on to the face of Thanatos.
When she arose, at length, she met the eyes of Hypnos and Oneiros and Thanatos—the gentle gods who give forgetfulness to men.
British Dictionary definitions for thanatos
Derived FormsThanatotic (ˌθænəˈtɒtɪk), adjective
the Greek personification of death: son of Nyx, goddess of nightRoman counterpart: Mors
the name chosen by Freud to represent a universal death instinctCompare Eros (def. 2)
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Word Origin and History for thanatos
"death instinct," 1935, in Freudian psychology, from Greek thanatos (see thanatology).
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