wish fulfillment


: the gratification of a desire especially symbolically (as in dreams, daydreams, or neurotic symptoms)

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The queasy mix of realism and wish fulfillment will set many viewers’ heads spinning — or at least shaking with disappointment. Dallas News, 1 Apr. 2022 Shi believes this represents hers and the Daniels’ exploration of wish fulfillment and desire for family therapy. Carlos Aguilar, Los Angeles Times, 15 Nov. 2022 Upbeat planetary connections near the 12th through the 15th, though, indicate that some kind of wish fulfillment is now in store for you. Katharine Merlin, Town & Country, 1 Nov. 2022 This might be cause for some disappointment, since Peele’s keen dialectical perspective on our collective American pathologies has been a bright spot in an era of franchised corporate wish fulfillment. New York Times, 20 July 2022 The preliminary logline for the film describes it as a wish fulfillment tale of a teenage Gran Turismo player who won a series of Nissan competitions before becoming an actual professional race car driver. Pamela Mcclintock, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 June 2022 That sense of wish fulfillment heightens the show’s occasionally dreamlike quality. The New Yorker, 26 Mar. 2022 With an assist from the djinn and his knowledge of obscure folklore, the scholar speaks on wish fulfillment, aging and desire. Bonnie Johnson, Los Angeles Times, 26 Aug. 2022 The second element of the Western response that risks making peace even harder to achieve is wish fulfillment. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 14 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1908, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of wish fulfillment was in 1908

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“Wish fulfillment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wish%20fulfillment. Accessed 31 Jan. 2023.

Medical Definition

wish fulfillment

wish ful·​fill·​ment
: the gratification of a desire especially symbolically (as in dreams or fantasies)
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