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death wish

n.
1. Psychiatry
a. A desire for self-destruction, often accompanied by feelings of depression, hopelessness, and self-reproach.
b. The desire, often unconscious, for the death of another person, such as a parent, toward whom one has unconscious hostility.
2. A suicidal urge thought to drive certain people to put themselves consistently into dangerous situations.

[Translation of German Todeswunsch.]

death wish

n
(Psychology) (in Freudian psychology) the desire for self-annihilation. See also Thanatos

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n.
a conscious or unconscious desire for one's own death or for the death of another.
[1910–15]

death wish

According to Freud, in addition to a “drive to survive,” we also have certain impulses known collectively as the death wish.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.death wish - (psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die
depth psychology, psychoanalysis, analysis - a set of techniques for exploring underlying motives and a method of treating various mental disorders; based on the theories of Sigmund Freud; "his physician recommended psychoanalysis"
impulse, urge - an instinctive motive; "profound religious impulses"
Translations

death wish

ndesiderio di morte
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