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.
Recent Examples on the Web Most of the people sharing photos of domineering goats and marauding boars are not expressing a latent death wish. Amanda Hess, New York Times, "The Rise of the Coronavirus Nature Genre," 17 Apr. 2020 Chris Hemsworth stars as a mercenary with a lowkey death wishHemsworth plays Tyler Rake, a killing machine who takes on what seems like a simple assignment, which of course grows complicated, with lots of twists. Bill Goodykoontz, azcentral, "Chris Hemsworth kills it in Netflix's 'Extraction,' a gut-punch visceral action movie," 23 Apr. 2020 Recent horror stories about people being trapped on cruise ships as the coronavirus raged from deck to deck would make any pending holiday at sea appear more like a death wish than a restful vacation. Los Angeles Times, "Column: No coronavirus refund but credit for a future cruise? Are you kidding?," 31 Mar. 2020 Eco is only for those with a death wish; this car’s acceleration is leisurely enough. cleveland, "2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid delivers the Prius’ exceptional fuel efficiency without the oddball styling (review)," 8 Feb. 2020 Fish are dying and Surface users are crying, but first: a cartoon about a modern-day death wish. Wired, "A Baby Fish Crisis, the Terrible Microsoft Surface Pro X, and More News," 11 Nov. 2019 Despite her theatrical death wish pronouncement, Guyger and her defense team are still fighting to save her from life in prison. Kirsten West Savali, Essence, "Amber Guyger Takes The Stand," 27 Sep. 2019 Peters’ own death wish rose up soon after his run for governor, as his bars struggled to stay in the black., "Frank ‘The Flake’ Peters tried to win governorship one barfly at a time, gathered Oregonians’ worries in ‘sacred book’," 22 July 2019 Wearing your brand new white heels out on a Friday night is basically a death wish, but sometimes, the outfit requires the risk. Danielle Flum, Seventeen, "How to Clean Even the Dirtiest White Shoes," 18 June 2019

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First Known Use of death wish

1856, in the meaning defined above

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“Death wish.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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More Definitions for death wish

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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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