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 sense 2

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1921, in the meaning defined above

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death instinct

noun

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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