Death-wish definition

A suicidal urge thought to drive certain people to put themselves consistently into dangerous situations.
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A desire for self-destruction, often accompanied by feelings of depression, hopelessness, and self-reproach.
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(psychiatry) A conscious or unconscious desire for the death of another or for one's own death.
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A suicidal urge thought to drive certain people to put themselves consistently into dangerous situations.
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A desire for self-destruction, often accompanied by feelings of depression, hopelessness, and self-reproach.
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The desire, often unconscious, for the death of another person, such as a parent, toward whom one has unconscious hostility.
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(psychology) A desire, especially subconscious, for the death of oneself or of someone else.
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The desire, often unconscious, for the death of another person, such as a parent, toward whom one has unconscious hostility.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
death-wish
Plural:
death-wishes

Origin of death-wish

  • Translation of German Todeswunsch

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • A calque of German Todeswunsch.

    From Wiktionary