wish fulfillment

noun

Definition of wish fulfillment

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

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The reversals of fortune feel like easy wish fulfillment. Michael Phillips, Detroit Free Press, "Emma Thompson outstanding, but ‘Late Night’ disappoints," 13 June 2019 But even the best of these are advertisements that create a false sense of fan wish fulfillment. Los Angeles Times, "The Player: Living inside the game of Comic-Con and what ‘activations’ mean for fandom," 25 July 2019 Her persuasion involves a certain amount of wish fulfillment: supernatural payback for bullies, for instance. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Teenagers must ward off mischievous supernatural beings in Jinn," 23 June 2019 Varchie fans will get some wish fulfillment in those scenes, but going forward, which pairing will have the happier season three? Jessica Radloff, Glamour, "Here's What's Going to Happen This Season of Riverdale," 10 Oct. 2018 Pretty Woman doesn’t try to reconcile the movie’s absurdities and easy wish fulfillment with the brutal reality of the ’90s or any other era. Aja Romano, Vox, "Pretty Woman: The Musical is high on charm, low on substance," 17 Aug. 2018 So now the media has replaced climate change with Trump change as their apocalyptic wish fulfillment. Fox News, "Gutfeld: Be nicer. It will drive your enemies nuts," 5 Aug. 2018 Customization, of cars and one's character, is available, and, as way of simple wish fulfillment for those of us who can't afford our own Audi or aerobatic aircraft, painting your new whip glaringly loud shade of yellow is always enjoyable. Patrick Shanley, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Crew 2': Game Review," 27 June 2018 There’s this other type of wish fulfillment, like these perfect parents and these perfect families. Jeff Lipsky, HWD, "Milo Ventimiglia, Sara Gilbert, Constance Wu, and Other TV Moms and Dads Sound Off," 14 June 2018

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1908, in the meaning defined above

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wish fulfillment

noun
wish ful·​fill·​ment | \ -mənt\

Medical Definition of wish fulfillment

: the gratification of a desire especially symbolically (as in dreams or fantasies)

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