Definition of Death wish

1. Noun. (psychoanalysis) an unconscious urge to die.

Exact synonyms: Death Instinct, Thanatos
Category relationships: Analysis, Depth Psychology, Psychoanalysis
Generic synonyms: Impulse, Urge

Definition of Death wish

1. Noun. (psychology) A desire, especially subconscious, for the death of oneself or of someone else. ¹

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Death Wish

death sentences
death spiral
death squad
death squads
death star
death stick
death sticks
death tax
death taxes
death throe
death throes
death toll
death trance
death warmed up
death warrant
death wish (current term)
death wishes
death zone
death zones

Literary usage of Death wish

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Man's Unconscious Spirit; the Psychoanalysis of Spiritism by Wilfrid Lay (1921)
"Belief and Wish The belief in disembodied spirits is the direct result of the unconscious death-wish on the part of the individual having this belief. ..."

2. Nervous and mental disease monograph series (1920)
"The death-wish, once fully felt and realized in consciousness, may, in neuropathic children set up a prolonged and morbid corrective process to strangle it, ..."

3. Religion and the New Psychology: A Psycho-analytic Study of Religion by Walter Samuel Swisher (1920)
"One of the most interesting illustrations of the constant recurrence of the death-wish is found in that ancient philosophic poem, the Book of Job. ..."

4. Senescence, the last half of life by Granville Stanley Hall (1922)
"In general we have only a life wish for our friends and reserve the death wish for enemies. Even in the most highly evolved emotional lives this is perhaps ..."

5. The American Journal of Psychology by Granville Stanley Hall, Edward Bradford Titchener (1920)
"Here, too, is found another characteristic of much of his writing: the death wish, this time directed against the second wife. ..."

6. The Technique of Psychoanalysis by Smith Ely Jelliffe (1918)
"The death-wish, once fully felt and realized in consciousness, may, ... Only relatively late is the death-wish generally directed towards enemies and the ..."

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