death wish

noun

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 On May 29th, the second day of no-hiking conditions, one of the various weather reports indicated that, at around 9 p.m., a two-to-four-hour window might open during which a hike could qualify as a risk rather than as a death wish. Heidi Julavit, The New Yorker, 16 Aug. 2021 When your choices are to go on a death wish of a mission or die, someone will always die, one way or another. Washington Post, 6 Aug. 2021 Somehow, Statham rallied the lightness to discuss being a softie father to real son Jack, 3, (with model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley) and granting Post Malone's onscreen death wish. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, 6 May 2021 Freud, in particular, showered Western letters with now common phrases: repression, death wish, slip of the tongue, denial, transference. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2021 The challenge itself is as amusing as always, but damn do these British queens have a death wish … for their fellow contestants. Brian Moylan, Vulture, 25 Feb. 2021 My bucket list was morphing into a death wish, even before my first pass across the grass. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2020 Most of the people sharing photos of domineering goats and marauding boars are not expressing a latent death wish. Amanda Hess, New York Times, 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, 23 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of death wish

1856, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of death wish was in 1856

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“Death wish.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/death%20wish. Accessed 1 Dec. 2021.

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More Definitions for death wish

death wish

noun

English Language Learners Definition of death wish

: a desire to die

death wish

noun

Medical Definition of death wish

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

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