death instinct


death instinct

noun

Definition of DEATH INSTINCT

:  an innate and unconscious tendency toward self-destruction postulated in psychoanalytic theory to explain aggressive and destructive behavior not satisfactorily explained by the pleasure principle —called also Thanatos — compare eros 2

First Known Use of DEATH INSTINCT

1922

death instinct

noun    (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of DEATH INSTINCT

: an innate and unconscious tendency toward self-destruction postulated in psychoanalytic theory to explain aggressive and destructive behavior not satisfactorily explained by the pleasure principle—called also Thanatos; compare eros

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