death instinct

noun

Definition of death instinct

  1. :  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

1921


Medical Dictionary

death instinct

noun

Medical Definition of death instinct

  1. :  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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