- an ancient Greek personification of death.
- Psychoanalysis. (usually lowercase) the death instinct, especially as expressed in violent aggression.
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- 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)
Word Origin and History for thanatotic
"death instinct," 1935, in Freudian psychology, from Greek thanatos (see thanatology).
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