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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
1910-15 Unabridged
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death wish

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

death wish n.

  1. A desire for self-destruction, often accompanied by feelings of depression, hopelessness, and self-reproach.

  2. A suicidal urge that presumably drives certain people to put themselves consistently into dangerous situations.

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