death wish


Definition of death wish

: the conscious or unconscious desire for the death of oneself or of another

Examples of death wish in a Sentence

Have you seen the way she drives? She must have a death wish.

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This information comes from an Iranian Mr. Erdbrink calls Mr. Big Mouth, who seems, between his death wishes for the West, a convivial sort. Dorothy Rabinowitz, WSJ, "‘Our Man in Tehran’ Review: A Journey Through Iran," 9 Aug. 2018 And slowly, the balance shifts from a death wish to a survival instinct. Alex Davies, WIRED, "Inside X, the Moonshot Factory Racing to Build the Next Google," 11 July 2018 Broder finds something both resonant and amusing in our cultural attraction to these kinds of ultra-romantic death wishes. Julia Felsenthal, Vogue, "In Melissa Broder’s The Pisces, a Darkly Erotic Love Story Between a Woman and a Merman," 1 May 2018 Especially when their lives are in the hands of a crazypants liar with a death wish who tried to get his ex-girlfriend/boss killed. Annalee Newitz, Ars Technica, "Star Trek: Discovery," 14 Nov. 2017 As with this season’s premiere, Jamie’s death wish is denied and thank goodness for that. Roxane Gay, Glamour, "Outlander Season 3, Episode 3 Recap: A Major Character Dies in a Shocking Twist, But Alas, Still No Sex," 24 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of death wish

1856, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of death wish

: a desire to die

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Medical Definition of death wish

: the conscious or unconscious desire for the death of another or of oneself

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