wish fulfillment


Definition of wish fulfillment

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

Examples of wish fulfillment in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There is another kind of wish fulfillment here that eventually tugged at me. Alexander Chee, The New Republic, 21 Sep. 2021 These leviathan leather goods aren’t merely acts of wish fulfillment by the fashion- industrial complex. Kristen Bateman, Town & Country, 6 Sep. 2021 The movie, not to be confused with the recent live-action Disney Cinderella or the Andrew Lloyd Webber stage musical, takes it upon itself to reinvent the classic not-so-feminist tale of wish fulfillment for 2021 with grating results. Jackson Mchenry, Vulture, 1 Sep. 2021 For outrageousness, entertainment value, or wish fulfillment—real life could hardly compete. Anna Boots, The New Yorker, 6 Aug. 2021 That speech is pure wish fulfillment — imagine if a Chicago mayor, or any mayor, said this! Nina Metz, chicagotribune.com, 31 May 2021 Emma’s willingness to always show up for Charlie without getting anything in return aside from hostility from his daughter is its own form of narrative wish fulfillment. Alison Willmore, Vulture, 7 May 2021 Lorelai and Rory's life is one of wish fulfillment. Ew Staff, EW.com, 10 May 2021 Perhaps there is a touch of wistful wish fulfillment in its vision of an urban community where everyone gets along and the arrival of the police doesn’t send the Black hero into a nervous sweat. BostonGlobe.com, 28 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of wish fulfillment

1908, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wish fulfillment was in 1908

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29 Sep 2021

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“Wish fulfillment.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wish%20fulfillment. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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wish fulfillment

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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