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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Word History

First Known Use

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Jul. 2024.

Medical Definition

death wish

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

called also destrudo

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