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death instinct

noun
1.
suicidal tendency or inclination; predisposition to self-destruction.
2.
Psychoanalysis. an impulse to withdraw or destroy, working in opposition to forces urging survival and creation (life instinct)
Origin
1915-1920
1915-20
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death-instinct in Medicine

death instinct n.
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. Also called Thanatos.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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