thanatology

noun than·a·tol·o·gy \ ˌtha-nə-ˈtä-lə-jē \

Definition of thanatology

: the description or study of the phenomena of death and of psychological mechanisms for coping with them

thanatological

play \ˌtha-nə-tə-ˈlä-ji-kəl\ adjective

thanatologist

play \-ə-ˈtä-lə-jist\ noun

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In Greek mythology, Thanatos was the personification of death and the twin brother of Hypnos (Sleep). The ancient Greeks eventually came to use thanatos as a generic word for "death." Thanatology is a direct linguistic heir of the Greek term and was first documented in English in the mid-1800s. As a science, thanatology examines attitudes toward death, the meaning and behaviors of bereavement and grief, and other matters. In 1935, the word thanatos itself made its debut in English, ushered in with psychoanalytic theory to describe an unconscious tendency toward self-destruction.

Origin and Etymology of thanatology

Greek thanatos + English -logy


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thanatology

noun than·a·tol·o·gy \ ˌthan-ə-ˈtäl-ə-jē \

medical Definition of thanatology

plural thanatologies
: the description or study of the phenomena of death and of psychological mechanisms for coping with them

thanatological

play \ˌthan-ət-ᵊl-ˈäj-i-kəl\ adjective

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