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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
March 05, 2015
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