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.

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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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1856, in the meaning defined above

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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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