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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • 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)

Examples

  • The death wish is so ingrained in -em, in every polluted cell o" their shriveled old brains, that nothin" could make a difference.

    La insistencia de J├╝rgen Fauth

  • And, if Kurla was not stupid, which she didn't appear to be despite this terrible infatuation for Prane, she must be as aware of his death wish as of his physical pain.

    the ship who sang

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

    January 24, 2008