death wishdeath wish
Psychiatry a conscious or unconscious desire for the death of another or for one's own death
- 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.
- A suicidal urge thought to drive certain people to put themselves consistently into dangerous situations.
Origin of death wishTranslation of German Todeswunsch.
(plural death wishes)
- (psychology) A desire, especially subconscious, for the death of oneself or of someone else.
A calque of German Todeswunsch.