Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

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

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  • n. A desire, especially subconscious, for the death of oneself or of someone else.

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  • n. (psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die

Etymologies

Translation of German Todeswunsch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
A calque of German Todeswunsch. (Wiktionary)

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  • (n): the conscious or unconscious desire for the death of oneself or of another

    January 24, 2008