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Thanatos

[than-uh-tos, -tohs] /ˈθæn əˌtɒs, -toʊs/
noun
1.
an ancient Greek personification of death.
2.
Psychoanalysis, (usually lowercase) the death instinct, especially as expressed in violent aggression.
Related forms
Thanatotic
[than-uh-tot-ik] /ˌθæn əˈtɒt ɪk/ (Show IPA),
adjective
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  • The wind blew the flame of the lamp into darkness; the moon still shone through the storm on to the face of Thanatos.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • At noon she awoke, crying aloud that the Red Mouse claimed her soul from Thanatos.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • The Greeks had imagined Thanatos 14 as a winged genius; that was correct.

    Hania Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • More helpless even than she had been when first she had claimed back his life from Thanatos.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • But there is one reason more, which I have reserved for the last: Thanatos summons me.

    Quo Vadis Henryk Sienkiewicz
  • Thanatos holds silence, and can wait; for him must all things ripen and to him must all things fall at last.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • There it stands while we debate; as Thanatos and Heracles fought over the veiled queen.

    Fields of Victory Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • He told me he had heard his master, two hours before, saddle Thanatos, and ride away.

    The Flight of the Shadow George MacDonald
  • When she arose, at length, she met the eyes of Hypnos and Oneiros and Thanatos—the gentle gods who give forgetfulness to men.

    Folle-Farine Ouida
  • On the other hand, Thanatos looked very much alive, and in lovely condition!

    The Flight of the Shadow George MacDonald
British Dictionary definitions for Thanatos

Thanatos

/ˈθænəˌtɒs/
noun
1.
the Greek personification of death: son of Nyx, goddess of night Roman counterpart Mors
2.
the name chosen by Freud to represent a universal death instinct Compare Eros (sense 2)
Derived Forms
Thanatotic (ˌθænəˈtɒtɪk) adjective
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Word Origin and History for Thanatos

thanatos

n.

"death instinct," 1935, in Freudian psychology, from Greek thanatos (see thanatology).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Thanatos in Medicine

Thanatos Than·a·tos or than·a·tos (thān'ə-tōs')
n.
See death instinct.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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